The Baltimore Brigade were unable to win a fourth straight game as they lost to the Tampa Bay Storm 69-56 on Saturday night.
Tampa would strike first when Joe Hills caught a touchdown for the AFL record 79th consecutive game, putting the storm ahead 6-0. The Brigade quickly struck back after a Shane Carden to Reggie Gray touchdown, giving Baltimore the lead, which was 13-7 following the quarter.
Following Gray’s second touchdown, Michael Lindsey returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards for a touchdown, giving the storm a 20-14 lead. Baltimore took the lead back the following drive, but the Storm offense broke free and began lighting the scoreboard, taking a 42-28 lead into halftime.
When the second half began, it felt a lot like the first. With both teams going back and forth, starting with Gray’s fourth touchdown catch, but that was quickly answered by another kick return by Lindsey for Tampa, giving the Storm a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. The Brigade travel up the road to Washington next week to face the Valor. Tampa will host the Cleveland Gladiators next Saturday night.
A win for Baltimore over Washington next week will officially eliminate the Valor from playoff contention. With a Cleveland loss, Baltimore will lock up the three seed and a trip to Tampa for the playoff game on Monday, Aug. 14.