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June 5, 2018
The Baltimore Brigade (5-2) are back in Albany this Saturday, June 9, taking on the Empire (5-2) for the second-straight week in a showdown for sole possession of the AFL’s top spot in the standings. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Times Union Center. Baltimore is looking to regain the lead after dropping last week’s matchup with Albany, 61-53.

BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Brandon Thompkins – Thompkins, a seven-year AFL veteran, is one of the most dynamic, multi-purpose threats in the league. Thompkins, who leads the Brigade with 41 receptions, is coming off a six-catch, two-touchdown performance against Albany last weekend, and has scored multiple touchdowns in two of his last three games. Thompkins also leads the league in total kick return yards (585) and yards per kick return (20.2) and has received a rushing attempt in each of the last three games.  

EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Tommy Grady – Grady enters Week 9 looking to build on last weekend’s AFL-season-best eight-touchdown performance against the Brigade. Grady leads the league in both passing yards (1,653) and passing touchdowns (42) and has thrown for at least five touchdowns in every game this season.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: BAL QB Randy Hippeard vs. ALB DB Marrio Norman – Hippeard leads the AFL in completions (158), attempts (223), completion percentage (70.9) and ranks second in passing yards (1,643) and passing touchdowns (34). Hippeard has consistently spread the wealth among his receivers, throwing six touchdowns to four different receivers in last weekend’s game against Albany. Baltimore is the only team in the AFL with four receivers with 6+ receiving touchdowns this season. Empire defensive back Marrio Norman, who ranks second in the league with 43 total tackles this season, will look to slow down the Brigade passing attack. Norman ranks second in the league with two interceptions and is coming off a seven-tackle performance against the Brigade last weekend.  

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.