FIRST PLACE EMPIRE WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT: BY THE NUMBERS
The Albany Empire (5-2) won their fifth consecutive game on Saturday night in a back and forth battle against the Baltimore Brigade (5-2) at the Times Union Center by a score of 61-53 in front of a crowd of 8,057. The game was even throughout, but thanks to a late defensive touchdown by the Empire, Albany took the lead and momentum and never looked back. Albany maintained its third quarter dominance by allowing just 7 points. So far on the season, the Empire has outscored opponents by 61 total points in the third quarter.
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The game’s MVP, Tommy Grady had huge night tallying 19 completions on 30 attempts for 248 yards and 8 touchdowns. On the season, Grady has totaled 137 completions on 211 attempts for 1,653 yards and 42 touchdowns; both league bests. Grady is also the league leader in touchdowns per game with 6.0.
Grady spread the ball around finding four different receivers for scores. Offensive player of the game, Malachi Jones, led the way with 8catches for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns. The showing put the rookie back on top of the league lead with 620 receiving yards on the season. Jones is second in the league with 13 receiving touchdowns. Joe Hills has another big night for the Empire reeling in 7 catches for 60 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. This marked the 87th consecutive game with a receiving touchdown for Hills, an active league record. Through six games, Hills leads the league with 16 receiving touchdowns. Hills is second in the league with 46 receptions and third in the league with 536 receiving yards. Collin Taylor added 1 catch for 48 yards and 1 touchdown. Red zone threat Greg Carr chipped in 2 receptions for 7 yards and 1 touchdown. Newly acquired wide receiver Larry Beavers had 1 reception for 3 yards in his debut.
Leading the way on defense once again was jack linebacker Terence Moore who had 4.5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumbled and 1fumble recovery. On the season, Moore is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 3 and tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries with 2. Defensive back Marrio Norman added a team high 7.0 total tackles in the victory. On the season, Norman is second in the league in total tackles with 43. Defensive lineman Brandon Sesay had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble. Defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop had 1 fumble recovery and 1 defensive touchdown. Defensive back Brandon Stephens added 4 total tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
The betting spread favored the Empire (-2.5) which Albany covered winning by 8 points. The score totaled up to 114 points; well above the over/under of 90.5 set by oddsmakers. The 61 points scored by Albany were a season high for the Empire.
The next game for the Empire is another home matchup against the Brigade on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 pm in the Times Union Center.
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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 6/9. 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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