Brigade Take Season Opener

Brigade Stops Valor on Friday Nights Opener

The Baltimore Brigade started the 2019 season 1-0 as they beat the defending ArenaBowl Champions Washington Valor in their season opener at Royal Farms Arena Friday night and thanks to Richard Bailey who was down in Baltimore, Maryland with My4one2 for the Coverage.

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Quarterback Shane Boyd was named Most Valuable Player of the night for his performance with 19 completed passes for 232 yards and six touchdowns. Defensive back Joe Powell was named Defensive Player of the Game for his 6.5 tackles (6 solo) and two interceptions.

“I’m glad we won,” Brigade head coach Omarr Smith said. “I’m not happy with our execution and I would rather be on the winning side of the column, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Washington got on the board first when Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson connected with wide receiver Josh Reese. Fullback Rory Nixon answered with a two-yard run allowing Baltimore to take the lead following a made kick by Brandon Brown. The teams traded points throughout the game until the third quarter when Baltimore scored 14 unanswered points. In the final minutes of the game, the Brigade led 59-51 with a chance for Washington to score but the Baltimore defense made crucial stops preventing Nelson from completing his passes.

This is the second consecutive season Powell was named Defensive Player of the Game in a season opener. Last year, Powell also had a stellar defensive presence his first night back on the field with five solo tackles. Tonight, Powell’s two interceptions came during the second half led to Baltimore adding extra points on the board with touchdowns by wide receivers Milton Williams III and Brandon Thompkins.

Brown, with his first ever game in the Arena Football League converted on all eight of his PAT’s. Brown was added to the roster earlier this week after having only a few days of training camp to learn the game.

“He may be a rookie, but you know his name now,” added Smith.  “For a rookie kicker to come in this week, after only a couple days of practice and play that well is remarkable. His kick-offs, his PAT’s and a field goal when we are down 31-28…for him to go and make that as a rookie, is amazing.”

The Brigade are back at home to play the Philadelphia Soul on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 pm. Fans looking to purchase tickets may visit BaltimoreBrigade.com or call 667-930-0200.

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