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Destroyers travel to Baltimore Brigade in Week 3 of the AFL








The Baltimore Brigade (1-1) will host the Columbus Destroyers (0-2) this Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Both teams are coming off losses from Week 2 with Baltimore falling 27-36 to Philadelphia and Columbus dropping 35-42 to Atlantic City. This Friday will be the first time Baltimore and Columbus face off in AFL history.

BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH: Victorian was named Defensive Player of the Game during Week 2 and led the team in tackles with 7.5 (seven solo).  He also had an interception late in the fourth quarter and two pass breakups.

DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Grant Russell – Russell, a rookie quarterback, completed 21 of 36 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns in his first career start against Atlantic City in Week 2.  He was sacked four times and had one interception.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Brigade DBs vs Destroyers WR’s – During Week 2, Baltimore’s defensive backs Joe Powell and Josh Victorian collected a total of 11.5 tackles (11 solo) together. Since the start of the season, Baltimore has stolen at least one interception in a game and a Brigade DB has been named defensive player of the game. Overall, DB’s Victorian and Powell have a combined 20.5 total tackles (19 solo), three interceptions, 9 pass breakups and one forced fumble in just two games. Brigade DB’s will be tasked with stopping the Destroyers wideouts. WR Fabian Guerra caught five passes for 44 yards and three touchdowns in his arena football league debut last week. WR Jenson Stoshak led the Destroyers in receiving yards with eight catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. WR Paul Revis also scored a touchdown and caught five receptions for 75 yards.


Formerly known as the Civic Center, now home of the Baltimore Brigade, Royal Farms Arena view from the northeast (corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place 2018 photo By Mfasy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Destroyers continue to show improve in 42-35 loss at Atlantic City







ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, fell just short to the Atlantic City Blackjacks on Saturday afternoon, 42-35, at the Boardwalk Hall. With the loss, the Destroyers drop to 0-2 on the season. Quarterback Grant Russell made his first career start, throwing for 211 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception, while wide receiver Fabian Guerra caught five passes for 44 yards and three touchdowns in his debut.


After a turnover on the opening kickoff, the Destroyers cashed in when Russell found wide receiver Paul Revis for a five-yard scoring strike, giving Columbus an early 6-0 lead. On the next drive, Atlantic City wide receiver LaMark Brown rushed for a two-yard score to give the Blackjacks their first lead of the game, 7-6. The Destroyers answered on the ensuing possession when Russell found wide receiver Fabian Guerra for a six-yard touchdown, giving Columbus the lead once again, 13-7.


The teams continued trading leads in the second quarter as Blackjacks quarterback Randy Hippeard took it in himself from one yard out, giving Atlantic City a 14-13 lead. The home team responded on their next drive, as wide receiver Antwane Grant rushed for a nine-yard touchdown, as the Blackjacks reclaimed the lead, 21-20 heading into halftime.


After the Destroyers turned it over on downs to open the third quarter, the Blackjacks extended their lead thanks to Hippeard finding fullback Wesley Mauia for a two-yard touchdown.


In the opening moments of the fourth quarter Russell threw his fourth touchdown of the game, finding Guerra for his second score of the day, trimming Atlantic City’s lead to 28-27. After both teams traded turnovers, Hippeard connected with Brown on a 10-yard touchdown to give the Blackjacks a 35-27 advantage with seven minutes left in the game. On Columbus’ next drive, Atlantic City defensive lineman Lynden Trail picked off Russell and rumbled 12 yards for the score, giving the Blackjacks their largest lead of the game, 42-27.


On the next drive, Columbus closed the scoring for the evening when Russell connected with Guerra for his third receiving touchdown of the night. Russell ran it in himself for the two-point conversion, sealing a 42-35 victory for Atlantic City.

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit or stop by the Big Lots! Box Office at Nationwide Arena to get your seats today! For partnership opportunities, please click HERE. Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.


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