News Release, Washington Valor
The Washington Valor (2-2) take on the Columbus Destroyers (0-4) this Saturday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two franchises. The Valor, coming off two straight wins, are looking for their first road victory of the season.
“We just have to continue to focus on the things that we know we are good at,” Valor wide receiver Douglas McNeil III said. “There are some things that we found on film that we need to correct, so we will continue to fine tune those throughout the week. It really just comes down to working together as a team and believing in our system.”
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:DB Marrio Norman– Norman enters Week 5 coming off one of his best performances of the season, a six-tackle (all solo) game against Philadelphia. One week prior, Norman tallied his first interception of the season, a diving pick in the end zone to prevent an Atlantic City touchdown. Norman’s 13 solo tackles rank second on the team.
DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH:WR Fabian Guerra– Guerra was named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 4 for his six-touchdown performance against Albany, scoring four receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and a kick return touchdown. The rookie ranks third in the league in receiving yards per game and first in the league in receiving touchdowns per game.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:Valor WR Dezmon Epps vs. Destroyers DB Larico Stevenson– Epps currently ranks second in the league in receiving yards (434) and second in yards per reception (16.7), trailing only Baltimore’s Milton Williams. After establishing himself in Week 1 with a franchise-record 201 receiving yards and four touchdowns, Epps has continued to provide a deep threat for the Valor offense. Last weekend against Philadelphia, Epps registered his second 100-yard game of his career, catching nine passes for 113 yards in a win over the Soul. Columbus defensive back Larico Stevenson, who leads the team with 20.5 total tackles, is coming off his best game of the season, an eight-tackle (all solo) performance against Albany.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:Saturday afternoon’s game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (+) and ESPN3.