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BALTIMORE, MD – With the memory of last season’s playoff series loss still fresh in their minds, the Soul exacted a small measure of revenge on Friday night, knocking off the Brigade 36-27 in Baltimore. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak at Royal Farms Arena and moved the team to 2-0 on the year.
Trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Soul outscored the Brigade 24-13 in the second half behind an impressive performance by Game MVP Dan Raudabaugh. After finishing with just 151 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the season opener, the veteran quarterback threw for 233 yards and five scores in Friday night’s win.
With wide receiver Darius Reynolds on Injured Reserve, Raudabaugh targeted Darius Prince and the returning Aaron Wascha early and often. After missing the opener with a hamstring injury, Wascha made his presence known, catching five passes for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Prince accounted for 98 yards and two scores of his own.
Defensively, the team put pressure on Baltimore quarterback Shane Boyd all night and the secondary effectively shut down wideout Joe Hills. After opening the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown, the 2018 First Team All-Arena receiver was held without a reception for the remainder of the game. Led by the returning Dwayne Hollis, the unit forced Baltimore to turn the ball over on downs three times, twice within its own five-yard line.
Then, with the Brigade threatening late, the defense came up big one final time. Rookie linebacker Lenroy Neysmith picked off an errant pass by Boyd with 19 seconds remaining, sealing the victory for the Soul.
Next up, the Soul will host the Albany Empire on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm at the Wells Fargo Center looking to improve to 3-0.