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FIRST-PLACE BALTIMORE HOSTS A SURGING WASHINGTON TEAM

Courtesy: AFL Communications

Empire hope to keep pace for first as Soul come to town

LAS VEGAS – The first-place Baltimore Brigade (6-2) hosts the Washington Valor (1-7) on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. ET at Royal Farms Arena on CBS Sports Network. The Valor got their first-win of 2018 last week against the Philadelphia Soul, 49-48.

The Philadelphia Soul (4-4) hit the road to face the Albany Empire (5-3) on Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. ET at Times Union Center on CBS Sports Network. Both teams are looking to bounce back from a Week 9 loss.

 

WEEK 9 MATCHUPS

 

WASHINGTON VALOR (1-7) AT BALTIMORE BRIGADE (6-2)
Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. ET (CBS SPORTS NETWORK)
WASHINGTON BALTIMORE
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Series tied 3-3
STREAKS W1 W1
LAST WEEK W 49-48 at Soul W 59-56 at Empire
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 5/19/18 Brigade 42 at Valor 41
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 231.6 (4) 247.6 (3)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 261.0 (4) 259.8 (3)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 41.1 (4) 50.1 (1)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 52.1 (4) 46.6 (3)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) -5 (3) +3 (2)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: BRIGADE: QB Randy Hippeard went 29-of-37 for 270 yards, one INT, and eight TDs to lead the Brigade over the Albany Empire, 59-56 and gain sole possession of first place…The 2017 AFL MVP earned Offensive Player of the Week for his performance…On the season, Hippeard has completed 187-of-260 passes for 1,913 yards, four INTs, and 42 TDs while adding 17 rushing attempts for 49 yards and three TDs…WR Quentin Sims and WR Brandon Thompkins found the end zone three times each last week…Sims caught seven passes for 57 yards and three scores…Thompkins hauled in 17 receptions for 159 yards and three TDs…The duo lead the Valor receivers with 89 catches for 890 yards and 20 TDs… DB Virgil Gray leads the Valor defense…Gray has tallied 55 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, 11 pass breakups, 13 passes defended, and two INTs… VALOR: QB Arvell Nelson got his second start under center last week…Nelson completed 17-of-27 passes for 214 yards, one INT and four TDs, along with rushing for 15 yards and two TDs in the Valor’s 49-48 win over the Soul…In his first two games with Washington, Nelson has gone for 42-of-71 passes for 559 yards, three INTs and 11 TDs…WR Reggie Gray continues to be the Valor’s leading receiver this season with 46 receptions for 527 yards and 12 TDs…Last week against the Soul, Gray hauled in four catches for 27 yards and one TD…WR Josh Reese is another receiving target for Nelson…Reese caught three passes for 67 yards and one TD in Week 9…On the season, the one-year veteran has 39 receptions for 437 yards and eight TDs…In his first game as a member of the Valor, DB Fred Obi tallied three total tackles, one pass breakup, three passes defended, and two INTs…Obi had the game-clinching INT with 18 seconds to secure the Valor’s first victory of 2018 and earning him Defensive Player of the Week

 

PHILADELPHIA SOUL (4-4) AT ALBANY EMPIRE (5-3)
Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. ET (CBS SPORTS NETWORK)
PHILADELPHIA ALBANY
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Series tied 1-1
STREAKS L1 L1
LAST WEEK L 49-48 vs Valor L 59-56 vs Brigade
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 5/19/18 Empire 41 at Soul 36
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 264.8 (1) 250.6 (2)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 244.1 (2) 229.8 (1)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 46.0 (3) 48.8 (2)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 44.5 (2) 42.8 (1)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) -7 (4) +9 (1)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: SOUL: QB Shane Austin got assigned to the Soul last week after being released by the Valor following Week 7…In his first time in a Soul uniform, Austin went for 18-of-33 passes for 302 yards, two INTs and six TDs…Austin has a dynamic duo of receivers to target… WR Darius Prince hauled in eight catches for 146 yards and four TDs…Prince has 60 receptions for 765 yards and 15 TDs on the season, making him the League leader in reception yards…WR Darius Reynolds caught four receptions for 80 yards and one TD in Week 9…In nine games this season, Reynolds has 35 receptions for 502 yards and nine TDs…DB James Romain and DB Dwayne Hollis leads the Soul defense…The duo has combined for 79 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, three INTs, 16 pass breakups, and 19 passes defended…EMPIRE: QB Tommy Grady completed 19-of-28 passes for 275 yards, one INT and seven TDs last week…Grady has gone 156-of-239 passes for 1,928 yards, five INTs, and 49 TDs in 2018..The former Ute ranks first in the League in passing yards and passing touchdowns…Grady has found two key receivers to target…WR Malachi Jones hauled in seven catches for 93 yards and two TDs, along with 15 rushing yards and one TD…The rookie ranks second in reception yards with 713…WR Joe Hills caught nine receptions for 132 yards and four TDs against the Brigade in Week 9…Hills recorded his 250th career TD reception, becoming the 11th player in AFL history to reach the milestone…DL Joe Sykes is on the verge of becoming the AFL’s all-time sack leader…Sykes recorded a 0.5 sack against the Brigade and is currently tied with AFL Hall of Famer Sam Hernandez with 60.5 career sacks…Sykes will be looking to break the record over the next four weeks…

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