EMPIRE FALL IN SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK: BY THE NUMBERS
The Albany Empire (5-4) lost their second consecutive game on Saturday night in a back and forth battle against the Philadelphia Soul (5-4) at the Times Union Center by a score of 75-74 in front of a crowd of 9,534. The two teams traded blows all night until the final minute when Philadelphia was able to come back from a two-score deficit and defeat the Empire.
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Leading the way for the Empire, Tommy Grady had a huge night tallying 18 completions on 29 attempts for 335 yards, and a season-high10 touchdowns. On the season, Grady has totaled 174 completions on 268 attempts for 2,263 yards and 59 touchdowns; both league bests. Last night Grady also surpassed 34,000 career passing yards.
Grady consistently found his top two targets all night. Rookie receiver Malachi Jones put up huge numbers. Jones caught 7 passes for 177 yards, 5 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. This year, Jones has totaled 59 receptions for a league-high 890 yards. On the season, Jones leads the league in total touchdowns with 25 and is tied for second in the league with 20 receiving touchdowns. Joe Hills had another big night with 9 catches for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. This marked the 89th consecutive game with a receiving touchdown for Hills, an active league record. Hills now has 253 receiving touchdowns in his career, putting him in the top ten all-time in the category. Through eight games, Hills leads the league with 23 receiving touchdowns. Hills is second in the league with 64receptions and third in the league with 811 receiving yards. Veteran receiver Greg Carr 2 catches for 15 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
Jack linebacker Terence Moore led the Empire defense with 5.5 total tackles. On the season, Moore is second in the league in total tackles with 50, leads the league with 4 interceptions, and is tied for second in the league with 2 fumble recoveries. Defensive player of the game, Derrick Summers, added 4.5 total tackles, and 1 sack. Defensive back Varmah Sonie chipped in 4 total tackles and 2 pass breakups. Defensive end Nick Seither had 1.5 total tackles included 1 sack on the night.
The betting spread heavily favored the Empire (-8.5) which Albany was unable to cover, losing by 1 point. The score totaled up to 149points; well above the over/under of 88.5 set by oddsmakers.
The next game for the Empire is a road matchup against the first place Baltimore Brigade on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm in the Royal Farms Arena.
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About Albany Empire
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, The Albany Empire, are back home at the Times Union Center on 7/7. Season memberships for the 2019 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to TheAlbanyEmpire.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/TheAlbanyEmpire and Twitter at twitter.com/Albany_Empire.
About Arena Football League
The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on arenafootball.com. For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball)
About Times Union Center
Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the The Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.
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