The Brigade are back in action this Saturday, June 23, hosting the Empire at 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in what will be the team’s final home game of the regular season and a crucial matchup that will help determine AFL playoff seeding. Baltimore holds a two-game lead over Albany and Philadelphia with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Brandon Thompkins – Thompkins ranks third in the AFL with 62 receptions and has totaled over 200 combined receiving yards in the last two weeks. In his most recent outing against the Empire, Thompkins caught a career-high 17 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to the threat he poses on the offensive end, the seven-year AFL vet out leads the league in total kickoff return yards (708) and yards per kickoff return (20.2).
EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Tommy Grady – Grady is coming off his best game of the season, a 355-yard, 10-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Soul, extending his league lead in both passing yards (2,266) and passing touchdowns (59). Grady has thrown for nearly 200 yards and 12 touchdowns more than Brigade quarterback Randy Hippeard, who ranks second in each category.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
BAL QB Randy Hippeard vs. ALB DBs – Hippeard leads the AFL completions (205), attempts (285), completion percentage (71.9) and quarterback rating (126.3). His 2,091 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns each rank second in the league. In his last game against Albany, Hippeard tossed eight touchdowns to four different receivers. Tasked with slowing the Brigade offense will be a trio of Albany defensive backs – Terrence Moore, Varmah Sonie and Marrio Norman – who rank 2-4 in total tackles.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.