The Baltimore Brigade (4-9) fell to the Philadelphia Soul (12-1) Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, in what was the Brigade’s lowest scoring output of the season. Baltimore’s defense allowed a season high 70 points in a one-sided affair.
Philadelphia struck first when FB Mykell Benson took QB Dan Raudabaugh’s handoff and punched the ball into the end zone from one yard out, putting the Soul up by seven midway through the opening quarter. This would be the only scoring in what proved to be a defensively sound first quarter.
The Soul would go up by two scores in the second quarter, as Raudabaugh connected with WR Ryan McDaniel to give Philadelphia a 14-0 lead. Baltimore fell into a 21-0 hole late in the second quarter when Philadelphia WR Darius Reynolds hauled in a 26-yard touchdown reception. The Brigade would counter though, as QB Shane Carden found WR Brandon Collins for Baltimore’s first points of the game. The Soul added another two scores before the end of the half, once with a McDaniel touchdown catch, once with a Benson run after a Baltimore fumble set up the Soul on the two-yard line. This resulted in a 35-7 halftime lead for Philadelphia.
The Soul started where they left off in the second half, scoring an early touchdown thanks to a nine-yard Raudabaugh pass to OL Michael Simons. Philadelphia made two more unanswered trips to the end zone, leaving the score at 56-7 late in the third. Baltimore would rebound with a successful scoring drive, capped off by the first touchdown pass of the season for QB Shane Boyd, who replaced Carden earlier in the game. Entering the fourth quarter, the Brigade found themselves trailing the Soul, 14-56.
Philadelphia FB Mykell Benson scored his third touchdown of the game to start the fourth quarter after hauling in an eight-yard pass from QB Luke Collis, giving the Soul a 49-point lead. Baltimore was able to cut into this deficit on their ensuing drive when Boyd connected with WR Brandon Thompkins for a 17-yard score. A Shane Boyd interception stopped Baltimore’s final drive, giving the Soul a 70-21 victory over the Brigade.
KEY STAT: Philadelphia FB Mykell Benson accounted for four Soul touchdowns on the day; three rushing and one receiving.
MVP: Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh (10-14, 137 yards, 5 TD)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Philadelphia WR Ryan McDaniel (5 receptions, 66 yards, 3 TD)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Philadelphia DB Dwayne Hollis (8 tackles, 2 INT, 1 INT RET TD, 2 pass breakups)
The Brigade will play their final game of the regular season at home on Friday, August 4, against the Washington Valor. The game starts at 7 pm and can be seen on Monumental Sports Network.