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The Albany Empire (1-2) won their first game in franchise history last night against the Washington Valor (0-3) at the Times Union Center by a score of 47-23.  The game started off even throughout the first quarter, but the Empire managed to take advantage of Valor turnovers and take the lead in the second quarter while never looking back.

ALBANY 7 21 12 7 47
WASHINGTON 7 8 0 8 23

At the helm of the offense, Tommy Grady totaled 20 completions on 29 attempts for 221 yards and five touchdowns.  Through three games, Grady has totaled 67 completions on 100 attempts for 733 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Grady is tied for the league lead for passing touchdowns per game with 5.3 and second overall in yards per game with 244.3.

Grady spread the ball around to all his weapons completing touchdowns to 3 different receivers.  Wide receiver Joe Hills caught 3touchdown passes on 7 catches for 85 yards, compiling an impressive 7 receiving touchdowns, 18 receptions and 193 yards in just his first two games.  Hills’ seven touchdown receptions are tied for the league lead.  Rookie standout Malachi Jones continued his AFL campaign last night totaling for 7 receptions for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns; 1 receiving and 1 rushing.  Jones owns the team lead with226 receiving yards on the season, a number that ranks fourth in the league.  Veteran receiver Collin Taylor chipped in 5 receptions for 58 yards and 1 touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Empire were led by defensive back Marrio Norman who had 10 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1touchdown on his way to being named Defensive Player of the Game.  Norman leads the team in total tackles on the season with 20.5.  Veteran defensive end Joe Sykes added another 2 sacks last night, adding two his league lead of 4 sacks on the season.  Sykes also forced a fumble in the Empire’s Week 4 victory, giving him 2 forced fumbles on the season, also leading the league.  

The Empire covered the betting spread (-3.5) easily and thanks to solid defense by Albany, the score totaled up to only 70 points; nearly 30 points fewer than the over/under of 98.5 set by oddsmakers. 

The next game for the Empire is a road matchup against the Valor in the Nation’s Capital on Friday, May 11 at 7 pm in the Capital One Center.   

Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, The Albany Empire, are back home at the Times Union Center on 5/26. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

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 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. 

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Instagram.

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past eleven straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.

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