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Brigade ready to face undefeated Philadelphia Soul

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 18:15:49-04

The Brigade is ready for another round with the beasts of the AFL.

“Right now they’re considered the best in the league,” said Brigade wide receiver Reggie Gray. “Where we are, we like that challenge.”

The first place, undefeated, defending league champion Philadelphia Soul charge into Royal Farms Arena Saturday night riding a 17 game win streak and vying for a third victory over Baltimore.

“We like to be the ones, the first to knock off the undefeated team,” added Gray. “We believe that we’re just as talented.”

“For us, we want to come in, play at home, be aggressive, play physical,” said Brigade quarterback Shane Carden. “At the end of the day we can’t come out here trying to be Superman and do too much. I think our team is good enough to beat their team.”

“We’ve played them twice before. They blew us out one time (69-34 loss in Philly April 29).  The second time we played them it came down to last 40 seconds. We made a critical mistake. We didn’t finish the game (61-56 loss in Philly May 13). But, I think our best football is ahead of us,” said Brigade head coach Omarr Smith.

And it just might be. After only one win in its first five games, the Brigade is 2-2 in its last four.

“Right now we’re not at the point where I feel we should be but we’re slowly starting to come together,” added Smith.

The Brigade, coming off a bye week, will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday after posting a big win their last time out. A 51-41 victory over rival Washington on June 23.

“The win meant a lot. It was a great motivational thing because we went out there and did what we were supposed to do and we made us realize that if we take care of our business, we can beat anybody,” said Gray.

“To beat Washington when they beat us in the very first game at their place, yeah we needed that win big time and we were pretty happy to get that,” added Carden.

Kickoff Saturday night between the 3-6 Brigade and 10-0 Soul is set for 7:00 p.m.

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