The Washington Valor fell to the Philadelphia Soul, 48-47 on at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. The loss was their fifth loss in a row.
Despite this, quarterback Sean Brackett impressed as the next starting quarterback. He took over the job after Erik Meyer was placed on injured reserve and Bernard Morris took his talents to Monterrey.
Sean Brackett Impressed as Washington Valor Quarterback
There wasn’t much to go off of with Brackett as he had limited arena football experience. He hasn’t started a game since he was the starting quarterback for the Qingdao Clipper in the China Arena Football League in Oct. 2016.
Not only that, but going into their matchup against the Soul, Brackett wouldn’t have two star wide receivers to throw to. Like Meyer, Mike Washington was also battling a hamstring injury. Future Hall of Famer T.T. Toliver was also out for the game with an disclosed injury.
Going against the Soul’s top defense, it looked as if the defending champions would have no problem blowing out the Arena Football League expansion franchise. That wasn’t the case.
Brackett played very well, picking apart the Soul secondary. He also seemed to have found a favorite target in wide receiver Greg Carr. Carr finished with 12 catches for 131 yards and four touchdown catches.
Not only that, but Brackett also threw for 231 yards and five touchdowns. His performance, plus a couple Soul turnovers, is what kept the Valor in this game. They were one extra point away from possible overtime, but a fumbled snap caused them to miss that opportunity.
Betting on Brackett
Brackett had this amazing performance against the best defense in the league. Just imagine what he’ll do moving forward.
Their next game is against the Cleveland Gladiators. Cleveland’s defense is nothing compared to the Soul’s. Plus should Toliver return next week – Washington most likely will miss the game – Brackett will have another receiver to throw to. This would mean the chance to improve his numbers and impress more people in the AFL and the local media.
Not only that, but Brackett won’t even have to worry about the Soul defense until July 15, when Washington travels up to Philadelphia – that is, if Brackett is still even the starting quarterback then. The next six weeks which direction the Valor decide to go at quarterback.
Main Photo Credit: Jon Starks, ArenaFan