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BALTIMORE TRAVELS TO ALBANY FOR FIRST TIME

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Soul and Valor look to break their respective losing streaks

LAS VEGAS – The Washington Valor (0-6) are still on the for their first win of the season when they play host to the Philadelphia Soul (3-3) onThursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena on AFL Now and AFL Facebook Watch Page.

Only one game ahead in the race for first place, the Baltimore Brigade (5-1) will travel to face the Albany Empire (4-2) on Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. ET at Times Union Center on AFL Now and AFL Facebook Watch Page.

 

WEEK 8 MATCHUPS

 

PHILADELPHIA SOUL (3-3) AT WASHINGTON VALOR (0-6)
Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. ET (AFL NOW & FACEBOOK WATCH PAGE)
PHILADELPHIA WASHINGTON
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Philadelphia leads 4-0
STREAKS L3 L6
LAST WEEK L 54-35 at Brigade L 48-21 at Empire
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 4/28/18 Soul 67 vs Valor 51
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 256.3 (1) 211.0 (4)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 227.7 (2) 251.0 (3)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 44.8 (3) 39.0 (4)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 43.5 (3) 53.0 (4)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) -6 (T-3) -6 (T-3)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: SOUL: In his AFL debut as a starter QB Greg McGhee completed 14-of-26 passes for 164 yards, two INTs, and three TDs…McGhee also had five rushing attempts for 67 yards and two TDs, earning him Offensive Player of the Week honors…The Soul like to score both through the air and on the ground…WR Aaron Wascha caught nine passes for 105 yards and two TDs in his last outing against the Valor….On the season, Wascha has 15 receptions for 151 yards and six TDs…WR Darius Prince is the Soul’s leading receiver, hauling in 47 catches for 558 yards and eight TDs…Prince collected 4 receptions for 70 yards and one TD back in Week 3 against Washington …RB Adrian Ferns rushed for 55 yards and three TDs in the first meeting between the two teams…On the year, Ferns has 100 rushing yards and four TDs…DB James Romain leads the Soul defense with 30 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, four pass break ups, seven passes defended, and two INTs…VALOR: QB Shane Austin went 15-of-27 passes for 123 yards, two INTs and two TDs…In his first two games as member of the Valor, Austin has completed 35-of-61 passes for 351 yards and six TDs while rushing for an additional 30 yards and two TDs…WRs Rod Windsor, Josh Reese, and Reggie Gray have proven to be the Valor’s top receivers in 2018…The trio combined for 16 receptions for 167 yards and five TDs against the Soul this season…Gray is the Valor’s leading receiver with 34 catches for 373 yards and eight TDs…DB Michael Knight leads the Valor defense with 20.5 total tackles, one pass break up, two passes defended, one fumble recovery, and one INT

 

BALTIMORE BRIGADE (5-1) AT ALBANY EMPIRE (4-2)
Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. ET (AFL NOW & FACEBOOK WATCH PAGE)
BALTIMORE ALBANY
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Baltimore leads 1-0
STREAKS W4 W4
LAST WEEK W 54-35 vs Soul W 48-21 vs Valor
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 4/28/18 Brigade 52 vs Empire 49
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 249.3 (2) 243.3 (3)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 255.8 (8) 225.5 (1)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 48.2 (1) 45.5 (2)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 42.7 (2) 38.3 (1)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) +8 (1) +4 (2)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Both the Brigade and Empire are on a four game winning streak…BRIGADE: QB Randy Hippeard went 28-of-41 passes for 290 yards and seven TDs against the Empire this season…For the year, Hippeard has completed 134-of-193 throws for 1,438 yards, and 28 TDs while adding nine rushing attempts for 40 yards and two TDs…WR Brandon Collins, WR Milton Williams, and WR Quentin Sims continue to be Hippeard’s go-to receivers for 2018…The trio combined for 193 yards on 16 receptions and four TDs against the Empire in Week 3…Collins brought in three receptions for 33 yards…Williams caught six receptions for 100 yards and two TDs…While, Sims hauled in seven catches for 60 yards and two TDs…DB Virgil Gray continues to lead the Valor defense…Gray has tallied 45.0 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, 7 pass break ups, nine passes defended, and two INTs….EMPIRE: In his first game against Baltimore, QB Tommy Grady completed 24-of-33 passes for 253 yards, one INT and six TDs…Grady has a dynamic duo of receivers to target…WR Joe Hills hauled in 11 receptions for 108 yards and four TDs versus the Brigade in Week 3…Rookie WR Malachi Jones added an additional eight catches for 109 yards and one TD…Jones and Hills currently ranks second and third in the League in receiving yards…DB Joe Sykes sacked Hippeard twice last time the two teams faced off…Terence Moore leads the Empire on defense…The seven-year veteran  earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 7 for his 10 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, two pass break ups, and 37 yard INT return for a TD