The Baltimore Brigade (1-0) will take on the defending-champion Philadelphia Soul (1-0) this Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The game represents both the first road game of the season for the Brigade and a rematch of last season’s AFL semifinals. Baltimore looks to build on their Week 1 win over the Washington Valor while Philadelphia looks to do the same after defeating the Albany Empire last weekend.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Randy Hippeard– The 2017 AFL Most Valuable Player and Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week is coming off a seven-score game against the Valor. Hippeard led the Brigade offense to a score on every possession in their season opener, including a 31-yarder to wide receiver and longtime teammate Kendrick Ings on the game’s opening possession. Hippeard, a Virginia Wise alumnus, notched a pair of scores on the ground in addition to his five passing touchdowns. Hippeard faced off with the Soul four times last season, recording over 290 passing yards and six touchdowns in two of those matchups.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Dan Raudabaugh – The Philadelphia signal-caller threw for 236 yards and six touchdowns against the Empire in Week 1. Raudabaugh has led Philadelphia to six-straight wins, dating back to last season, including Philadelphia’s second-consecutive ArenaBowl title.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade DBs vs. Soul WRs – Baltimore’s defensive backfield put on a strong showing in Week 1, led by Defensive Player of the Game Joe Powell, who registered five solo tackles and a fumble recovery. Fred Obi, a three-year AFL veteran, tallied 5.5 total tackles and a pass break-up. The Brigade defensive backs will be tasked with stopping a talented Soul receiving corps, which includes Darius Prince, who caught 12 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s Week 1 win. Darius Reynolds and Shawn Kauleinamoku combined for nine receptions, 111 yards and three touchdowns.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.