Falling behind 21-0 to the defending league champion is not a formula for success. The Baltimore Brigade discovered that over the weekend in Philadelphia.
The Brigade lost to the defending champion Soul, 69-34, on Saturday night. The Soul’s 21-0 lead in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game.
“I am disappointed in our execution,” Brigade coach Omarr Smith said. “We still have a lot of work to do and will use this week to continue to improve as we get ready for our home opener.”
In the opening quarter, the Soul found multiple ways to score, including a rushing touchdown from fullback Mykel Benson and a 15-yard pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Ryan McDaniel. This was the first of five TDs for McDaniel, named the game’s MVP. He caught eight passes for 123 yards.
At the start of the second quarter, former Ravens wide receiver LaQuan Williams caught a14-yard touchdown pass from Brigade quarterback Shane Carden. Carden was 6 for 7 for 88 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter as the Brigade cut the halftime lead to 35-21.
But the second half started with Philadelphia’s McDaniel catching another touchdown pass from Raudabaugh and the Soul eventually extended the lead to 48-28 and coasted to the victory.
The Brigade’s home opener will be next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. They will face the Tampa Bay Storm.