The Baltimore Brigade hosted the Cleveland Gladiators at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Saturday night. Both teams were riding long losing streaks and were looking for their second win of the season.
The Gladiators struck first when Arvell Nelson found Quentin Sims for a touchdown. Following a Shane Carden interception, Sims’ second touchdown of the game gave Cleveland a 12-0 lead (they missed both extra points.)
The Brigade would get on the board when Carden found Milton Williams for a touchdown to make the score 12-7. That would prove to be the score at the end of the first quarter.
Sims third touchdown of the first half would give Cleveland and 18-7 lead (they once again missed the extra point.) The Brigade wouldn’t go down that easy, however. After a back and forth second quarter, the Gladiators led 32-28.
Baltimore took their first lead when Williams scored his third touchdown of the night. Cleveland would respond with Sims fourth touchdown reception of the game. The Glads took the 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
Down 53-49 with just one minute left, Carden threw a touchdown to Williams, his fourth, to give them a 56-53 lead. After running back Jeramie Richardson scored to give the Gladiators a 60-56 lead, new Brigade Brandon Thompkins returned the ensuing kick all the way for a touchdown to give Baltimore a 63-60 lead.
Cleveland would fail to score on the final 30 seconds, giving the Brigade the win. The win for Baltimore snaps a three-game losing streak. They will travel to take on the Tampa Bay Storm next weekend.
The loss for Cleveland has them at a four-game losing streak. They’re also tied for the worst record in the league with the Washington Valor at 1-5. The two teams will meet at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. next Saturday night. The game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network.