Courtesy: Baltimore Brigade Media Relations
Victorian named defensive player of the game, Soul end three-game home winning streak
BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Brigade (1-1) fell 27-36 to the Philadelphia Soul (2-0) Friday night at Royal Farms Arena, ending their three-game winning streak against the Soul at home. Defensive back Josh Victorian was named Defensive Player of the game for his 7.5 total (7 solo), 2 pass breakups, and one interception performance. Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, who completed 19 passes for 233 yards and 5 touchdowns, was named Most Valuable Player.
“We didn’t execute well tonight,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “We didn’t make enough plays to get the job done.”
It was a slow start in the first quarter with both teams adding only six points to the board. Wide receiver Joe Hills made the first touchdown of the game with a seven-yard pass from quarterback Shane Boyd, extending his Arena Football League record to 94 games with a consecutive touchdown. During the second quarter, Baltimore struggled to place points on the board and lost an onside kick to Philadelphia. However defensive back Joe Powell recovered a fumble giving Baltimore a chance to score. Baltimore took a 14-12 lead into the second half after a touchdown by wideout Brandon Thompkins and a two-point conversion by fullback Rory Nixon.
Philadelphia took the lead quickly in the third quarter moving the score to 20-14 after a completed pass from Raudabaugh to wideout Darius Prince and a two-point conversion from wide receiver BJ Bunn. The Soul outscored Baltimore in the third quarter 18 to 7. Wide Receiver Milton Williams scored two 40+ yard touchdowns in the second half that pushed the score to 27-36. Williams set a new career high with 117 receiving yards, topping his previous high of 100. During the final two minutes of the game, Victorian intercepted a pass which gave Baltimore’s offense another shot to make a play. However, Philadelphia’s defensive lineman Lenroy Neysmith made a huge play and intercepted Boyd’s pass with just 29 seconds left on the clock, sealing their victory over Baltimore.
The Brigade play their third game at home on Friday, May 10th at 7:00 pm for their first-ever matchup against the Columbus Destroyers. Fans looking to purchase tickets may visit BaltimoreBrigade.com or call 667-930-0200. Media interested in covering a brigade home game must reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before kickoff.
MVP: PHI QB Dan Raudabaugh, 19 completed passes for 233 yards, 5 touchdowns
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: PHI WR Aaron Wascha, 5 catches for 92 yards, 3 touchdowns
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: BAL DB Josh Victorian, 8 total tackles (7 solo), 1 interception, 2 pass breakups
DB Joshua Victorian On Defensive Player Of The Game
“Being defensive player of the game doesn’t mean as much to me when you take a loss like that. We had a lot of mistakes out there today. I’m a little disappointed because we let this one slip away. We have some things to clean up, but we’ll be back next week.”
Head Coach Omarr Smith On Defensive Performance
“Both defenses played pretty well. With the change in timing rules, the scores are going to be lower and there was an indication of that tonight. We made a few stops and I believe we did alright, but there are plays where we could have played better.”
QB Shane Boyd On Game Performance
“There are certain things we didn’t take advantage of. When you are playing against a team with that much experience, they are not going to make many mistakes so when they do, you must capitalize on them. I feel we didn’t capitalize on their mistakes as much as they capitalized on ours.”