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Defending ArenaBowl Champs Begin Title Defense in Tampa Bay

April 14, 2017
Soul Visit Storm on CBSSN, Brigade Continue Their Road Trip in Cleveland

LAS VEGAS – The defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia Soul (0-0) get their 2017 campaign underway when they visit the Tampa Bay Storm (1-0) this  Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET at AMALIE Arena on CBS Sports Network. The Soul enter the game victorious in their last seven contests dating back to last season. The Storm are coming off a 46-40 win against the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 1. Philadelphia is led by 2015 AFL MVP Dan Raudabaugh. The former Miami (OH) standout completed 339-of-490 passes for 4,903 yards and 101 touchdowns last season earning him Second Team All-Arena honors. The Storm tout 2016 AFL MVP in wide receiver Joe Hills. In his 2017 debut, Hills caught seven passes for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

The week’s second contest brings us to Ohio where the Baltimore Brigade (0-1) will travel to take on the Cleveland Gladiators (0-1) on  Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena streamed on ArenaFootball.com.  The Brigade played in their inaugural game last weekend against the Washington Valor in a 51-38 loss. Quarterback Shane Carden led Baltimore completing 21-of-33 passes for 197 yards, three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. The Gladiators will host their second home game of the season and are led by quarterback Shane Boyd who leads the AFL in passing with 288 yards and threw for five touchdowns in Week 1.

For complete official statistics, game notes and media guides, go to:  www.afldigital.com.


WEEK 2 MATCHUPS


PHILADELPHIA SOUL (0-0) at TAMPA BAY STORM (1-0)

Saturday, April 15 - 7 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

 

PHILADELPHIA

TAMPA BAY

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER

Philadelphia leads series 11-5

STREAKS

W7 (2016)

W1

LAST WEEK

Bye

W 46-40 at Cleveland

LAST REG SEASON MEETING

8/7/16 Tampa Bay 41 at Philadelphia 63

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK)

-

235.0 (3)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK)

-

265.0 (5)

POINTS SCORED (RANK)

-

46.0 (2)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK)

-

40.0 (3)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK)

-

0 (T-2)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: SOUL:  QB Dan Raudabaugh has led the Soul to three East Division Championships (2012-13, 2015) and an ArenaBowl XXIX Championship… Raudabaugh was ranked among the top quarterbacks during the 2016 season, completing 339- of-490 passes for 4,303 yards and 101 touchdowns… WR Darius Reynolds will suit up in Soul gear for the second year. After a successful 2016 season, “Money” Reynolds is on a mission to help win another Philadelphia Championship. Last year, Reynolds made a huge impact for the Soul offense with 112 receptions for 1147 and 38 touchdowns in his first year with the team… WR Sean Kauleinamoku, better known to the team as “SK”, will be entering his third year with the Soul in 2017. The  ArenaBowl XXIX MVP tallied 99 receptions for 1,304 yards and 26 touchdowns last year.  DB James Romain and Dwayne Hollis posed as large threats last season as two of the league’s top defensive backs. Last season, Romain had five interceptions for 47 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had 45.0 tackles and 18 pass breakups. Hollis tallied eight interceptions for 154 yards, and 3 touchdowns last season. He also tallied 50.0 tackles, and eight pass breakups… STORM: QB Randy Hippeard – Begins his second stint with the Storm... Spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Orlando Predators... Completed 236-of-360 passes for 2,967 yards, 65 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2016… WR Joe Hills – Returns to the Storm after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Jacksonville Sharks... Was the 2016 Offensive Player of the Year, having caught 161 passes for 2,020 yards and 58 touchdowns... Has scored a receiving touchdown in 69 consecutive regular season games… WR LaMark Brown – Enters his third season in the AFL... Comes to the Storm after spending 2015 and 2016 with the Predators... Caught nine passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in his Storm debut (4/8)… WR Kendrick Ings – Spent part of the 2016 season in the CFL... Has ten career games with 100+ kickoff return yards... Finished the 2016 season averaging 116.4 kickoff return yards per game… Week 1 AFL Defensive Player of the Week Caesar Rayford – Enters his seventh season in the AFL... Earned All-Arena honors as a member of the Utah Blaze in 2011... Played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013… DL Antron Dillon – Enters his sixth season in the AFL...Began his professional career with the Arizona Rattlers in 2012...A two-time ArenaBowl champion with the Rattlers (2012 and 2013).

 

BALTIMORE BRIGADE (0-1) at CLEVELAND GLADIATORS (0-1)

Sunday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET (Streaming on ArenaFootball.com)

 

BALTIMORE

CLEVELAND

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER

First meeting all-time

STREAKS

L1

L1

LAST WEEK

L 51-38 at WSH

L 46-40 vs TB

LAST REG. SEASON MEETING

First meeting all-time

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK)

209.0 (4)

265.0 (1)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK)

260.0 (4)

235.0(3)

POINTS SCORED (RANK)

38.0 (4)

40.0 (3)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK)

51.0 (5)

46.0 (4)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK)

-2 (5)

0 (T-2)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: BRIGADE: Rookie QB Shane Carden entered the game in the second quarter and completed 21-32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in his first AFL action against the Valor in Week 1… He ran for 11 yards on five carries, highlighted by a pair of touchdowns… WR Reggie Gray hauled in 12 catches for 139 yards and a 32- yard touchdown… WR Laquan Williams caught five passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns… DB Josh Victorian led the Brigade with seven total tackles (six solo). … DL Dexter Davis recovered a fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown…. GLADIATORS : The 2017 season brings a new quarterback to the Gladiators roster as the team welcomes in veteran QB Shane Boyd, who had previously spent the last two seasons in Arizona with the Rattlers… Boyd brings with him to Cleveland a ton of experience in the indoor football game and over his five season of experience has thrown for 3,430 yards and 60 touchdowns… In Week 1, Boyd passed for 288 yards and five touchdowns in the 46-40 loss to Tampa Bay in the season opener… Only five players return from last year’s Gladiators team as the team features an abundance of new talent all over the field, however, WR Collin Taylor returns once again for fourth season in a Cleveland uniform as does breakout star WR Quentin Sims… It was another ho-hum effort for ‘CT’ in 2016, as he led the team once again in receptions (110), receiving yards (1,437), and touchdowns (32)… Last week, Taylor caught two touchdowns on six catches for 91 yards in the home opening loss to the Storm… The Gladiators added to their roster 2016 reigning AFL Playmaker of the Year WR Brandon Thompkins… In his debut with the Gladiators last Saturday, Thompkins caught eight passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Thompkins also returned seven kicks for 145 yards on special teams… DB Rayshaun Kizer intercepted his first pass of the season in last week’s contest while it was Terence Moore who led the team in tackles with 8.5… In Week 1 against the Storm DL Nick Seither and DL Darryl Cato-Bishop each posted their first sacks of the season while Seither also collected two tackles-for-loss. Cato-Bishop also posted one tackle-for-loss and forced a fumble.