Brigade Brings KC Fans More Football

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago March 06, 2006 Mar 6, 2006 Monday, March 06 2006 Monday, March 06, 2006 8:25:17 PM CST in Sports

The 1-4 expansion team faced five-time AFL champion, the Tampa Bay Storm, on Sunday in Kansas City, and lost in a typical, high-scoring shootout, 69-59.

"We don't believe in moral victories as a crew," said Brigade Coach Kevin Porter. "But, we know that, if we continue to progress the way that we have, if we continue to fight and practice hard the way that we have, that we're going to have a breakthrough."

Their latest loss didn't dampen the spirit of Brigade players, who spent nearly an hour after the game signing autographs for fans.

"We can only continue to work, that's all we can do," Porter added. "We feel like we've got good players who can go out, play hard and, when you've got that, then you've got a chance."

Former Mizzou star lineman A.J. Ricker, now a Tampa Bay rookie, praised the Brigade.

"They got a real good squad," he said. "They got real good players. They fight, and they got a real good team."

The Brigade have the AFL's career passing leader, Andy Kelly, and young, talented wide receivers. The Brigade also boasted the top-ranked defense before Sunday's 69-point blowout by the Storm.

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