The Baltimore Brigade hold a 12-point advantage heading into the second weekend of the AFL postseason. Baltimore hosts Game 2 of the semifinal series, determined by aggregate scoring, against Philadelphia on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The winner of the series will advance to ArenaBowl XXXI and take on the winner of the Albany vs. Washington series.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Randy Hippeard
– In 12 regular season games this year, Hippeard racked up 2,978 yards of total offense and threw for 61 touchdowns. In his first postseason game of 2018, Hippeard threw for 212 yards and six touchdowns on 17-23 passing. Hippeard also ran for a touchdown in the 57-45 win over Philadelphia.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Dan Raudabaugh
– Entering the 2018 postseason, Raudabaugh ranked third in the league with 1,728 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 122.0 despite playing in just seven games. In Game 1 against the Brigade, Raudabaugh for 332 yards and five touchdowns, including three scores in the fourth quarter.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
BAL WRs vs. PHI DBs
– Baltimore’s offensive success last weekend was due in part to their balance throughout the receiving corps. All four receivers that recorded a reception caught at least three passes. Wideouts Brandon Thompkins and Brandon Collins each caught two touchdowns while Demetres Stephens and Quentin Sims each caught one. Soul defensive backs Torez Jones, James Romain and Dwayne Hollis combined for eight solo tackles and an interception in Game 1.
Friday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.