May 15, 2017 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Portland Steel
Super Soul Streak Comes to an End - The Soul had scored at least one-time in an AFL-record 155 consecutive quarters before the first quarter against Baltimore in Week 6. The Brigade ended all of that by stopping Dan Raudabaugh and the Philadelphia offense on each of its first two possessions. The Soul streak of scoring once in every quarter spanned 38 consecutive regular season games.
Most Consecutive Quarters with a Score in AFL History 2014-2017 Philadelphia Soul: 155 quarters 2001-2003 San Jose SaberCats: 135 quarters 2010-2012 Jacksonville Sharks: 134 quarters 2006-2008 Georgia Force: 106 quarters 2011-2012 Milwaukee Mustangs: 103 quarters 2010-2011 Spokane Shock: 102 quarters
Josh Victorian Logs First Brigade Pick-6 - Playing without Varmah Sonie and Brandon Stephens in the secondary was no problem for the Brigade in Week 6. Even with two of their top DBs out of the fold, Josh Victorian stepped up and made some history for the AFL's youngest franchise. He picked off Dan Raudabaugh and returned it for a touchdown, the first ever pick six in Brigade history.
Joe Goosby Reaches Century Club - Joe Goosby celebrated his 100th game in style, making a big impact both on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams, he recorded the first tackle of the game on the opening kickoff. The highlight for Goosby though, was an interception in the second quarter of rookie Shane Carden, the 15th career interception for the Tulane graduate.
Hills' Streak Lives On - That's 73 games in a row with a TD for Joe Hills. Hills has scored at least one TD in all but two of his career road games, and he has at least three TD's in 10 of his last 11 games.
Two and Out - In the fast-paced game that is the "50-Yard Indoor War", teams often get multiple possessions in the last minute of the half. So how in the world Washington only possessed the ball twice in the entire first half against Tampa Bay in Week 6 is a mystery. It's not that the Valor didn't possess the ball; they had it for 12:09 in the first half. But two drives that lasted longer than 6:00 parlayed with the Storm recovering an onside kick right at the one-minute warning only gave Dean Cokinos' club two shots with the ball, the fewest by any team in a half in AFL history.
Second Half Adjustments For Valor - Coming into Week 6, the Valor had been outscored 41-3 in the third quarter by their three foes. They put two touchdowns on the board in the third against Tampa Bay though, marking the first two-touchdown performance in the 3rd quarter in franchise history.
Meyer on the Move - Erik Meyer tossed five touchdowns in Week 6 to set a Valor franchise record in a single game. His five scores lands him at 307 for his career, and in the process, he moved past Mike Pawlawski for 24th place on the all-time touchdown passing list.
Most Career Touchdown Passes in AFL History 20: Mike Perez - 341 TDs 21: Fred McNair - 340 TDs 22: Ricky Foggie - 325 TDs 23: Chris Greisen - 324 TDs 24: Erik Meyer - 307 TDs 25: Mike Pawlawski - 303 TDs
Storm Warning - The Storm have kicked off their season at 4-1 and have already doubled their win total from last season. Remarkably, the most storied team in AFL history hadn't started 4-1 since the 2001 season. Kudos to coach Ron James for turning around a team that has not recorded a winning record, won a playoff game or hosted a playoff game since 2010.
AFL Week 6 Accolades
Top Passing Performances Shane Carden (Baltimore) - 20/34, 291 Yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT Dan Raudabaugh (Philadelphia) - 22/32, 268 Yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT Randy Hippeard (Tampa Bay) - 20/31, 205 Yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs Erik Meyer (Washington) - 17/29, 183 Yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs
Top Receiving Performances Julian Talley (Baltimore) - 7 Receptions, 112 Yards, 2 TDs Kendal Thompkins (Baltimore) - 4 Receptions, 110 Yards, 2 TDs Darius Reynolds (Philadelphia) - 8 Receptions, 105 Yards, 3 TDs Ryan McDaniel (Philadelphia) - 7 Receptions, 86 Yards, 3 TDs Joe Hills (Tampa Bay) - 9 Receptions, 85 Yards, 3 TDs
Top Rushing Performances Mykel Benson (Philadelphia) - 6 Carries, 24 Yards Randy Hippeard (Tampa Bay) - 11 Carries, 23 Yards Shane Carden (Baltimore) - 3 Carries, 1 Yard, 2 TDs
Top Defensive Performances Sean Daniels (Philadelphia) - 3 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 TD Josh Victorian (Baltimore) - 4 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD Brandon Sesay (Washington) - 6 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks Jake Payne (Washington) - 3.5 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks Dwayne Hollis (Philadelphia) - 10 Tackles, 3 Pass Breakups