The Baltimore Brigade (4-1) look to hold on to first place in the AFL standings as they welcome the Philadelphia Soul (3-2) to Royal Farms Arena this Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Baltimore is coming off a 42-41 win over the Washington Valor while Philadelphia looks to bounce back from a loss to the Albany Empire. Baltimore defeated Philadelphia, 31-21, in the teams’ most recent meeting.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
DB Virgil Gray
– Gray leads the AFL with 39 total tackles, 7.5 more than any other player in the league, and has now tallied six-or-more tackles in four-straight games. In Baltimore’s Week 4 win over the Soul, Gray was named Defensive Player of the Game for his 10-tackle, one-interception performance.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Darius Prince
– Prince leads the AFL in receptions, receiving yards and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns. Last weekend against the Albany Empire, Prince hauled in 11 receptions, a season-high 125 yards and two touchdowns. Prince has 70+ receiving yards and a touchdown in each of his two matchups with the Brigade this season.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade QB Randy Hippeard vs. Soul DB James Romain
– Hippeard enters this weekend leading the AFL in completions (116), attempts (170), completion percentage (68.2) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (13.5-to-1). In his two games against Philadelphia this season, Hippeard has thrown for 485 yards and nine touchdowns. Soul defensive back James Romain leads Philadelphia with 25 total tackles and is tied for the league lead with two interceptions on the season.
Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network, AFL Now, Facebook Watch and NBC Sports Washington.