The Washington Valor hosted the Baltimore Brigade in the first game of the 2017 Arena Football League season at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Friday night.
The Valor got off to a hot start, getting off to a 14-0 start due to a touchdown pass to Mike Washington and a rusing touchdown from former Tampa Bay Storm defensive back Jimmy Gordon. Following a Brigade fumble, the Valor extended their lead to 20-0 with a touchdown thanks to Washington’s second touchdown catch of the first quarter.
A third touchdown from former MVP quarterback Erik Meyer to Washington made the score 27-0 in favor of the Valor.
After a terrible performance, quarterback Chase Cartwright was benched. Shane Carden took over as quarterback. He got the Brigade on the board with a deep touchdown to Reggie Gray. The Valor would score before the end of the half with a T.T. Toliver sweep to make the halftime score 34-6.
The Brigade would make a comeback, however. A touchdown followed by a Valor failed fourth down and another Baltimore touchdown made the score 34-20.
Following a Valor field goal, Washington was in the red zone when they fumbled the ball. Dexter Davis picked it up for the Brigade and returned it for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, so the score remained 37-26.
The two new rivals would swap touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the Brigade were not able to make the comeback. The Valor went on to win the game by a final score of 63-51.
Washington will have a bye week in Week 2. The Brigade will look to bounce back when they travel to take on the Cleveland Gladiators next Saturday.