The Philadelphia Soul hosted their first home game of the season against the Baltimore Brigade. Baltimore was coming off a bye week, looking to get to 2-1.
Before the game, the Soul hung up their ArenaBowl banner. They won ArenaBowl XXIX over the Arizona Rattlers last August. The defense forced five turnovers, including two interceptions from James Romain. It was the team’s second ArenaBowl title in franchise history.
After Baltimore turned the ball over on downs on their first possession, the Soul scored on their first play with a rushing touchdown from Mykel Benson.
Baltimore would commit another turnover on downs, then Dan Raudabaugh found Ryan McDaniel to make it a 14-0 Philadelphia lead. A loose ball off the net was recovered in the end zone by the Soul for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead. That would be the score at the end of the first quarter.
Baltimore would make a comeback, however. Quarterback Shane Carden connected with Julian Talley for two touchdowns to make it a 28-14 game. A touchdown to Rory Nixon made it a 28-21 game. Another Benson touchdown for the Soul made the score 35-21 at halftime.
McDaniel’s third touchdown of the game made the score 42-21 at the beginning of the second half. He would finish the game with five touchdown receptions.
A big loss for Baltimore was wide receiver Reggie Gray. He suffered a collarbone injury during the game and did not return. Short after the injury, Gray posted on Instagram that tonight’s game was his last. That has yet to be confirmed by the team.
The final score of this game was 69-34. Philadelphia remians the lone undefeated team in the Arena Football League at 3.0 They will play the Cleveland Gladiators next Saturday nIgor. Baltimore will have their home opener against the Tampa Bay Storm next Sunday. The game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network.