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GAME PREVIEW: WEEK 7

Courtesy: Philadelphia Soul Media Relations

Soul Aim to Avenge Week 4 Loss In Return Trip to Baltimore

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (3-2) will take their second trip to Baltimore this season to face the Baltimore Brigade (4-1) at Royal Farms Arena on Friday, May 25th. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The Soul are 1-1 against the Brigade in the 2018 season, with their previous trip to Baltimore resulting in the first loss of the season. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Fans can also watch live on the Arena Football League Facebook Watch page and Philly fans can listen live on 97.5 “The Fanatic.”

As the top two quarterbacks in the league go head-to-head this week, it is a matchup everyone in the league is anticipating.  In the last Soul-Brigade contest, the Soul’s QB Dan Raudabaugh totaled 15 completions on 24 attempts for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Brigade QB and game MVP, Randy Hippeard, recorded 19 completions on 32 attempts for 207 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Raudabaugh currently ranks third in the league in completions (100) and passing yards (1,169), behind Hippeard who ranks first in both categories.

On the Brigade roster, keep an eye on WR Brandon Thompkins, who continues to be a playmaker for the Brigade and has totaled 27 receptions for 275 yards and four touchdowns this season. On defense, watch DB Virgil Gray, who leads the league in total tackles with 39 and interceptions with 2.

As for the Soul, WR Darius Prince continues his breakout season, leading the league in receiving yards with 454 while also hauling in eight touchdown receptions, good for second in the league. Along the defensive front, one guy that Baltimore’s offensive line will be aware of is Defensive Lineman Robert Hayes. In the previous matchup Hayes, who played with Baltimore in 2017, got to Hippeard and sacked him three times, while pressuring the QB throughout the game.  Other defenders to watch include Defensive Backs Dwayne Hollis and James Romain, who are tied with 25 total tackles this season.

”This will be a good test for us,” said Soul Head Coach, Clint Dolezel. “Baltimore is playing well right now, and we’re confident in the team we have here, so it’ll be fun.”

Coming Up Next: The Soul remain on the road to face the Washington Valor on Saturday, June 2 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m.