Blackjacks knock off Brigade at Home, 48-41

By David Taylor

In Atlantic City, the home team Blackjacks were able to defeat the Baltimore Brigade 48-41 on Saturday. Atlantic moves to 2-2 overall and 2-0 at Boardwalk Hall. Atlantic scored first, on a Randy Hippeard to Lamarck Brown touchdown pass. Following that score, the two teams traded interceptions on three consecutive drives. The Blackjacks were finally able to capitalize off of the turnovers, and punched it in again to make it 13-0. By halftime, the score was 20-13 in favor of Atlantic City.

The second half began with a quarterback sack of Brigade quarterback Shane Boyd, resulting in a fumble and a Blackjack recovery. Atlantic City QB Randy Hippeard took advantage of the situation, putting the Blackjacks up 27-13. Hippeard finished the game 20-32 for 192 yards and four touchdowns. He was also intercepted twice.

Baltimore never led the entire contest. Quarterback Shane Boyd was harassed all game and was picked off twice and fumbled once. Boyd finished the game 22-33 for 236 yards and four touchdowns. Boyd’s turnovers seemed to come at the worst possible time, continuing to add momentum and energy to the Atlantic City crowd.

Notable Performances:

  • WR Joe Hills, Baltimore. Hills has now caught at least one touchdown pass in 96 consecutive games, an AFL record he breaks weekly.
  • WR Kendrick Ings, Atlantic City. Ings had 10 catches for 91 yards. He also added 77 return yards.

Up Next:

  • Atlantic City hosts the undefeated Albany Empire on May 25th at 7pm.
  • Baltimore hosts the Philadelphia Soul in a matchup of 2-2 teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, May 26th.

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