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Archive for June 15th, 2019

Baltimore Brigade, Week 8 Columbus Destroyers opponent, Team History

 

Baltimore Brigade
Established 2017
Play in Royal Farms Arena
in Baltimore, Maryland
BaltimoreBrigade.com
Baltimore Brigade logo
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (2017–present)
Team colors Navy blue, silver, light blue, white
Personnel
Owner(s) Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Chairman Ted Leonsis
Head coach Omarr Smith
Team history
  • Baltimore Brigade (2017–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (2)
Home arena(s)

The Baltimore Brigade is a professional arena football team based in Baltimore, Maryland that plays in the Arena Football League(AFL) since 2017. The team’s home arena is the Royal Farms Arena. The franchise is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Ted Leonsis, chairman), which also owns the Washington Valor of the AFL, Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

History

Original helmet used for the first three games in the inaugural season in 2017.

The Arena Football League and Monumental Sports & Entertainment both announced on November 14, 2016, that it had granted an expansion franchise to begin play for the 2017 season in Baltimore. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is operated by Ted Leonsis, the majority owner, who had also previously been granted an expansion team in the Washington Valor to begin play the same season.

Although other indoor football leagues have hosted teams in Baltimore in the past (such as the Baltimore Blackbirds and Baltimore Mariners), this is the first Arena Football League franchise to be located in Baltimore, and the first in the state of Maryland since the Washington/Maryland Commandos, a charter league franchise that played in the DC suburb of Landover for its first season.

On December 14, 2016, former Los Angeles KISS coach Omarr Smith was named the team’s first head coach.

On January 25, 2017, the team was officially announced as the Baltimore Brigade, named for the military history and in reference to the War of 1812 and the inspiration for the penning of the poem that would later become known as “The Star-Spangled Banner“, the U.S.A.’s national anthem.

2018, First ArenaBowl

On July 20, 2018, the Brigade reached their first ArenaBowl championship game, ArenaBowl XXXI, after defeating the Philadelphia Soul in the second leg of a two-game aggregate playoff series. They won the first game, 57-45, on July 15th, then the second, 53-41. In ArenaBowl XXXI they hosted against the Washington Valor, who scored a 69-55 upset victory.

2019

In a January 2019 interview with Forbes, Leonsis noted that the Brigade was not particularly successful in regard to finances, and that he mainly used the team and its Washington counterpart to experiment with ideas to later use with his more prominent sports properties such as the Wizards, Mystics and Capitals.

Individual awards

AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year
Season Player Position
2017 Khreem Smith DL

 

AFL Rookie of the Year
Season Player Position
2017 Shane Carden QB

 

   

Notable coaches

Head coaches

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L Win% W L Win%
Omarr Smith 2017–present 11 15 .423 2 1 .667 2018 AFL Coach of the Year

Staff

Baltimore Brigade staff
Front Office

Coaches

 

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Baltimore Brigade (4-3) visit improving Columbus Destroyers (1-6) in Week 8 matchup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baltimore Brigade (4-3) will take on the Columbus Destroyers (1-6) Saturday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Both teams are coming off big victories from Week 7 with the Brigade defeating the then unbeaten Albany Empire and the Destroyers picking up their first win of the season against the Atlantic Blackjacks. The Brigade won the last matchup against the Destroyers, 48-30, at home in Royal Farms Arena.

BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Joe Hills – Hills has 99 consecutive games with a receiving touchdown and looks to extend his AFL record to 100 games in Columbus on Saturday. The closest receiver to Hills’ streak was AFL Hall of Famer Damian Harrell, who held the previous record with 78 straight games until Hills broke it on July 15, 2017.  Hills is coming off a phenomenal Week 7 setting season highs in receptions (13), receiving yards (137) and receiving touchdowns (4) against Albany. He currently leads the Brigade in all three categories and is fifth in the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns.

DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Grant Russell – Russell was named MVP for his Week 7 performance and completed 16 of his 27 passes for 217 yards and six touchdowns for the Destroyers’ first win. Five different players found the endzone and Russell threw a 13-yard pass with 12 seconds left in the game to seal their victory.  In his last matchup against the Brigade, he was sacked three times and threw one interception.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Brigade DBs vs Destroyers WRs – Baltimore’s defensive backs have intercepted eight passes this season, tying for first place in the league.  Joe Powell leads Baltimore and is also tied for first place in the league with four interceptions. Powell caught one interception against Columbus earlier this season. Josh Victorian and Nias Martin have both picked up two interceptions this season with Martin returning one for a 26-yard touchdown in Week 4 against Atlantic City. Victorian is third in the league with total tackles (37.0) and tallied seven solo tackles against Columbus. Brigade’s DBs are up against the Destroyers’ wideouts. During Week 7, five receivers caught a pass from Destroyers quarterback Grant Russell with three scoring touchdowns.  Fabian Guerra leads the Destroyers in receptions (38), receiving yards (488) and touchdown receptions (9) while Jenson Stoshak is second in all categories. Guerra did not score last week but receivers Kenyattus Cook and Paul Browning both caught two touchdown receptions.

“We know Columbus is going to be a tough challenge,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “Columbus plays very well at home and they are coming off their first win. They’ll be hungry for another one.”

 

Baltimore Brigade June 2019 Roster Transactions

JUNE 13, 2019
ACTIVATING FROM LEAGUE SUSPENSION DL Justin Lawrence 6’2″ 325 Morgan State 7
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DL Christopher Lee 6’3″ 290 Norfolk State R
JUNE 11, 2019
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT DB Christian Boutte 5’11″ 190 Nicholls State R
JUNE 6, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Robert Barber 6’3″ 295 Washington State R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED K Lane Clark 5’11″ 190 Tennessee State R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Christopher Lee 6’3″ 290 Norfolk State R
ACTIVATING FROM RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT LB Lenroy Neysmith 6’3″ 220 American International R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE OL Rodney Austin 6’4″ 320 Elon 1
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE OL Gavin Wiggins 6’4″ 325 Youngstown State R
PLACING ON LEAGUE SUSPENSION DL Justin Lawrence 6’2″ 325 Morgan State 7
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT K TC Stevens 5’11″ 195 Hampden-Sydney 2
JUNE 5, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED WR Maurice Morgan 6’3″ 225 North Carolina State R
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT LB Lenroy Neysmith 6’3″ 220 American International R
JUNE 4, 2019
CLAIMING OFF OF REASSIGNMENT (#1 Claim Position) OL Jarell Broxton 6’4″ 325 Baylor R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE WR Caylon Weathers 6’4″ 225 Tennessee Martin R
JUNE 3, 2019
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT DL Robert Barber 6’3″ 295 Washington State R
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT OL Jarell Broxton 6’4″ 325 Baylor R
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT WR Maurice Morgan 6’3″ 225 North Carolina State R

 

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Baltimore Brigade June 2019 Roster for Week 8

Active Roster As of Friday, Jun 14, 2019

# POS NAME HT WT DOB AGE EXP COLLEGE
92 DL Barber, Robert 6’3″ 295 05/07/94 25 R Washington State
74 OL Bell, Wilson 6’4″ 345 11/29/94 24 R Auburn
8 QB Boyd, Shane 6’1″ 230 09/18/82 36 7 Kentucky
61 OL Broxton, Jarell 6’4″ 325 03/27/93 26 R Baylor
2 DL Cato-Bishop, Darryl 6’4″ 270 01/26/90 29 5 North Carolina State
22 K Clark, Lane 5’11″ 190 12/26/95 23 R Tennessee State
17 WR Collins, Brandon 6’1″ 185 04/21/89 30 4 Texas
9 DL Hayes, Robert 6’3″ 260 03/13/92 27 4 Shepherd (WV)
81 WR Hills, Joe 6’4″ 225 10/02/87 31 7 Tennessee State
55 LB Jackson, Dexter 6’2″ 300 03/19/88 31 8 Bethune-Cookman
48 DL Lafrance, Royce 6’3″ 270 04/17/93 26 1 Tulane
99 DL Lawrence, Justin 6’2″ 325 06/19/87 31 7 Morgan State
3 DB Martin, Nias 5’10″ 190 01/23/95 24 1 New Mexico
15 WR Morgan, Maurice 6’3″ 225 08/05/93 25 R North Carolina State
11 QB Morris, Shane 6’3″ 205 08/04/94 24 R Central Michigan
27 LB Neysmith, Lenroy 6’3″ 220 08/16/89 29 R American International
23 FB Nixon, Rory 6’1″ 305 09/10/91 27 5 St. Augustine
10 WR Philips, Ervin 5’11″ 185 01/18/95 24 R Syracuse
1 DB Powell, Joe 6’1″ 200 02/25/94 25 2 Globe Tech
5 DB Robinson, Jamal 5’9″ 175 03/17/96 23 R Albany
75 OL Samuels, Kyron 6’2″ 340 04/20/94 25 1 Jackson State
7 DB Victorian, Josh 5’10″ 190 07/10/88 30 5 Louisiana Tech
60 OL Warren, Jeremiah 6’3″ 330 09/20/87 31 2 South Florida
84 WR Williams, Milton 6’3″ 210 03/07/94 25 2 Delaware State

 

Schedule
Date Opponent Res Score
Apr 26 vs Washington W 51-59
May 3 vs Philadelphia L 36-27
May 10 vs Columbus W 30-48
May 18 at Atlantic City L 41-48
May 26 vs Philadelphia W 30-45
Jun 1 at Atlantic City L 34-35
Jun 8 at Albany W 42-41
Jun 15 at Columbus - -
Jun 20 at Washington - -
Jun 28 vs Columbus - -
Jul 13 vs Washington - -
Jul 21 at Atlantic City - -
Total Points per Quarter
GP 1 2 3 4 OT
BAL 7 55 97 65 79 0
OPP 7 59 76 80 56 0
DIFF 7 -4 +21 -15 +23 0
Average Points per Quarter
GP 1 2 3 4 OT
BAL 7 7.9 13.9 9.3 11.3 0
OPP 7 8.4 10.9 11.4 8.0 0
DIFF 7 -0.6 +3.0 -2.1 +3.3 0

 

ROSTER COMPILED & COURTESY OF AFL & BALTIMORE BRIGADE MEDIA RELATIONS

Columbus Destroyers June 2019 Roster transactions

JUNE 14, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED AS AN EMERGENCY KICKER K Tyler Durbin 6’3″ 200 Ohio State R
CLAIMING OFF OF REASSIGNMENT (Claim Order Position #6) DB Juwan Offray 5’11″ 190 Louisiana Monroe R
PLACING ON AN EMERGENCY HOLD K Craig Peterson 6’3″ 220 Cortland State 2
JUNE 11, 2019
ACTIVATING FROM RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT DL Sydney Omameh 6’4″ 245 Grand Valley State R
PLACING ON REFUSE TO REPORT OL Jovann Letuli 6’4″ 330 Akron R
JUNE 10, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED WR Donovan Morgan 6’3″ 220 Pearl River CC 7
ACTIVATING FROM OTHER LEAGUE EXEMPT OL Jovann Letuli 6’4″ 330 Akron R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DB Brandon Stephens 5’11″ 205 Miami OH 5
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT DL Sydney Omameh 6’4″ 245 Grand Valley State R
PLACING ON LEAGUE SUSPENSION DL Robert Rose 6’5″ 260 Ohio State 2
JUNE 8, 2019
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT WR Donovan Morgan 6’3″ 220 Pearl River CC 7
JUNE 5, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DB Jordan Thomas 6’0″ 190 Oklahoma R
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT WR Julian Lowe 5’11″ 185 Otterbein R
JUNE 3, 2019
RE-ACTIVATING FROM INJURED RESERVE WR Kenyattus Cook 6’3″ 210 Gardner-Webb R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DB KJ Morton 5’10″ 190 Baylor 2
PLACING ON REASSIGNMENT DB Jordan Thomas 6’0″ 190 Oklahoma

 

 

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