EMPIRE WIN IN WASHINGTON: BY THE NUMBERS
The Albany Empire (2-2) defeated the Washington Valor (0-4) at the Capital One Arena by a score of 53-42. The game kept an even pace for most of the night, but the Empire managed to pull away and maintain the lead from halftime on.
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Leading the offense, Tommy Grady totaled 16 completions on 24 attempts for 257 yards and 7 touchdowns. Through four games, Grady has totaled 83 completions on 124 attempts for 990 yards and 23 touchdowns. Grady leads the league in passing touchdowns with 23 and is second overall in yards per game with 247.5.
Grady utilized all his weapons completing touchdowns to 4 different receivers. Wide receiver Malachi Jones led the way with 6 catches for 120 yards 3 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. So far in his rookie season, Jones has compiled a league high 346receiving yards on 24 completions with 6 touchdown receptions. Wide receiver Joe Hills caught 2 touchdown passes on 7 catches for 112 yards, tallying 9 receiving touchdowns, 25 receptions and 305 yards in just his three games. Hills’ nine touchdown receptions are the most among receivers in the league. Veteran receiver Collin Taylor added 2 receptions for 22 yards and 1 touchdown. Receiver Greg Carr found the end zone with 1 catch for 3 yards and 1 touchdown in the team’s road win.
On defense, the Empire were led by linebacker Terence Moore who had 7.5 total tackles and 1 fumble recovery on his way to being named Defensive Player of the Game. Defensive back Marrio Norman added 6.5 total tackles and continues to lead the team in total tackles on the season with 27.5. Veteran defensive end Joe Sykes added 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in the victory, building on his league lead of 6 sacks and 3 forced fumbles on the season. Sykes’ sacks also made him the league’s all-time career sacks leader with59.5.
The Empire covered the betting spread (-7.0) easily thanks to offensive firepower that cashed in for scores on every possession. The score totaled up to 95 points; only 15 points fewer than the over/under of 110 set by oddsmakers.
The next game for the Empire is a road matchup against the Philadelphia Soul at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, May 19 at 6 pm. Fans can watch all the action live on CBS Sports Network or hear the game on Alt 105.7 fm.
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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 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 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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