EMPIRE WIN STREAK SNAPPED: BY THE NUMBERS
The Albany Empire (5-3) lost for the first time in six weeks on Saturday night in a back and forth battle against the Baltimore Brigade (6-2) at the Times Union Center by a score of 59-56 in front of a crowd of 8,767. The game maintained an even pace throughout, but a late Empire turnover ultimately swung momentum in favor of the Brigade.
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Leading the way for the Empire, Tommy Grady had another big night tallying 19 completions on 28 attempts for 275 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception. On the season, Grady has totaled 156 completions on 239 attempts for 1,928 yards and 49touchdowns; both league bests. Grady is also the league leader in touchdowns per game with 6.1.
Grady targeted his top two weapons all night long. Joe Hills led the way with 9 catches for 132 yards and 4 touchdowns. This marked the 88th consecutive game with a receiving touchdown for Hills, an active league record. Hills’ fourth touchdown of the game was number 250 of his career, making him one of only 11 players in league history to achieve this milestone. Through seven games, Hills leads the league with 20 receiving touchdowns. Hills is third in the league with 55 receptions and 668 receiving yards. Rookie receiver Malachi Jones had another big night in his rookie of the year campaign. Jones caught 7 passes for 93 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Jones also chipped in 1 rushing touchdown. This year, Jones has totaled 52 receptions for 713 yards. On the season, Jones is second in the league in the league in total touchdowns with 19 and tied for second in the league with 15 receiving touchdowns. Collin Taylor added 3 catches for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
Defensive end Joe Sykes added 1.5 total tackles and 0.5 sacks. Currently Sykes is tied for the all-time career lead in sacks with 60.5. Defensive player of the game, Brandon Stephens, led the way with 11.5 total tackles, and 1 pass breakup. Defensive back Varmah Sonie added 5 total tackles and 2 pass breakups. On the season, Sonie is fourth in the league with 40.5 total tackles. Defensive back Arthur Hobbs added 4.5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass breakup. Jack linebacker Terence Moore had another big night compiling 4.5total tackles, including 1 tackle for a loss, 1 interception, and 1 pass breakup. On the season, Moore is second in the league with 44.5total tackles, leads the league with 4 interceptions, and is tied for second in the league with 2 fumble recoveries.
The betting spread favored the Empire (-3) which Albany was unable to cover, losing by 3 points. The score totaled up to 115 points; well above the over/under of 92.5 set by oddsmakers.
The next game for the Empire is another home matchup against the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 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 6/16. 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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