The Baltimore Brigade (4-3) will take on the Columbus Destroyers (1-6) Saturday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Both teams are coming off big victories from Week 7 with the Brigade defeating the then unbeaten Albany Empire and the Destroyers picking up their first win of the season against the Atlantic Blackjacks. The Brigade won the last matchup against the Destroyers, 48-30, at home in Royal Farms Arena.
“We know Columbus is going to be a tough challenge,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “Columbus plays very well at home and they are coming off their first win. They’ll be hungry for another one.”
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills –
Hills has 99 consecutive games with a receiving touchdown and looks to extend his AFL record to 100 games in Columbus on Saturday. The closest receiver to Hills’ streak was AFL Hall of Famer Damian Harrell, who held the previous record with 78 straight games until Hills broke it on July 15, 2017. Hills is coming off a phenomenal Week 7 setting season highs in receptions (13), receiving yards (137) and receiving touchdowns (4) against Albany. He currently leads the Brigade in all three categories and is fifth in the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns.
DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Grant Russell –
Russell was named MVP for his Week 7 performance and completed 16 of his 27 passes for 217 yards and six touchdowns for the Destroyers’ first win. Five different players found the endzone and Russell threw a 13-yard pass with 12 seconds left in the game to seal their victory. In his last matchup against the Brigade, he was sacked three times and threw one interception.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade DBs vs Destroyers WRs
– Baltimore’s defensive backs have intercepted eight passes this season, tying for first place in the league. Joe Powell leads Baltimore and is also tied for first place in the league with four interceptions. Powell caught one interception against Columbus earlier this season. Josh Victorian and Nias Martin have both picked up two interceptions this season with Martin returning one for a 26-yard touchdown in Week 4 against Atlantic City. Victorian is third in the league with total tackles (37.0) and tallied seven solo tackles against Columbus. Brigade’s DBs are up against the Destroyers’ wideouts. During Week 7, five receivers caught a pass from Destroyers quarterback Grant Russell with three scoring touchdowns. Fabian Guerra leads the Destroyers in receptions (38), receiving yards (488) and touchdown receptions (9) while Jenson Stoshak is second in all categories. Guerra did not score last week but receivers Kenyattus Cook and Paul Browning both caught two touchdown receptions.
All Brigade games will broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.