Brigade Today // July 15, 2019
The Baltimore Brigade fell to the Washington Valor, 47-40, at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night, coming up just short in an eventful matchup between the interstate rivals. Wide receiver Brandon Collins became the first player in franchise history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards for the Brigade. Additionally, he now holds the franchise records for most points scored with 242 and touchdowns with 40. Defensive back Joe Powell was named Defensive Player of the Game and recorded 6.5 tackles (6 solo), 134 kick return yards, and a 56-yard kickoff return.
In the final seconds of a tied fourth quarter, Washington quarterback Arvell Nelson found wideout Josh Reese for a 22-yard touchdown that sealed the Valor's victory. Baltimore had a possession left to potentially force an overtime but couldn't capitalize as time ran out. Baltimore backup quarterback Shane Morris replaced Shane Boyd on the Brigade's second possession of the third quarter. This is Morris' second appearance as the Brigade quarterback after appearing briefly in their Week 10 win against the Columbus Destroyers. Morris completed seven passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns, while Boyd recorded six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Morris found wide receiver Joe Hills for a 10-yard touchdown early in what proved to be a nail-biting fourth quarter, tying the game 33-33. Nelson answered with a 45-yard throw to wideout Josh Reese, but Washington only held on to the lead briefly. Morris tied the game yet again when he connected with his first pass to Collins for a 45-yard touchdown of his own. Neither team scored on their following possessions, keeping things tied at 40-40 until Washington scored with 58 seconds remaining on the clock.
COLLINS BECOMES FIRST WIDE RECEIVER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY TO SURPASS 2,000 RECEIVING YARDS WITH BRIGADE
On Saturday, July 13 at Royal Farms Arena, wide receiver Brandon Collins brought in a one-handed 45-yard touchdown he set numerous franchise records for the Brigade.
Collins became the first wideout in franchise history to reach 2,000 receiving yards with the Brigade. Collins also surpassed wide receiver Brandon Thompkins on the team leaderboard, setting new records in touchdowns (40) and total points scored (242).
Collins is in his fifth AFL season and his third with the Brigade.
BALTIMORE BRIGADE CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
The four teams for the 2019 AFL postseason are now finalized. The Baltimore Brigade (6-5) clinched their position on Saturday, July 6 after the Atlantic City Blackjacks fell to the Philadelphia Soul. The Albany Empire (9-2), Philadelphia Soul (7-4), and Washington Valor (6-5) have also all clinched playoff spots.
The Brigade will begin postseason play on the weekend of July 26. The 2019 postseason will kick off with a pair of home-and-home series between the top four teams in the league with games played on the weekends of July 26 and August 2. Teams will advance to ArenaBowl XXXII based on the aggregate score of the two games played on Sunday, August 11 at 3 p.m.
MSE FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS IN JULY SHOPPING
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the Baltimore Brigade, the Washington Valor and the Washington Mystics adopted eight families from The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command for their third annual Family-to-Family Christmas in July shopping trip. Brigade players Jarrell Broxton and Nias Martin, Valor players James Atoe and Fredrick Obi, and Mystics players Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen shopped at the H Street Walmart Supercenter for school supplies, school uniforms, books and educational toys for Washington, D.C., families from Ward 8 on July 2. MSE Foundation purchased all the items, including gift cards for each family.
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UPCOMING BALTIMORE BRIGADE GAMES:
The Baltimore Brigade play their final regular season game against the Atlantic City Blackjacks at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m. Baltimore has yet to win a game in Atlantic City this season. The game will broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, ESP3 and the ESPN App.
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Baltimore Brigade defensive back Joe Powell against the Washington Valor
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