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The Albany Empire (1-0) started the season off with a victory on Saturday night against the Columbus Destroyers (0-1) at the Times Union Center by a score of 35-19 in front of a crowd of 11,682.  The game started out close, but the Empire went up by two scores in the second quarter and never looked back. 

ALBANY 7 14 14 0 35
COLUMBUS 6 0 7 6 19

The game’s MVP, Tommy Grady, had nice season opener, tallying 25 completions on 34 attempts for 230 yards and 4 touchdowns.  

Grady spread the ball around finding 5 different receivers on the night.  Offensive Player of the Game, Malachi Jones, led the way with 11 catches for 94 yards and 1 touchdown.  In his second season in Albany, Jones has scored in every game he has played for the Empire.  Newly acquired receivers, Demetres Stephens and Quentin Sims, also had big nights in their Empire debuts. Stephens reeled in 7 catches for 61 yards, while Sims caught 5 passes for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Rookie receiver, Christian Briggs, caught his first career pass in the AFL, securing 1 catch for 14 yards and 1 touchdown. Collin Taylor added 1catch for 9 yards. Fullback, Mykel Benson, opened the game up with a score, and racked up 11 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 carries.

Leading the way on defense was Defensive Player of the Game, defensive end, Joe Sykes.  Picking up where he left off a year ago, Sykes had 2.5 total tackles, including 1sack and 1 blocked extra point attempt.  Sykes added to his all-time League leading career sack record, recording career sack number 62 on the night. The 2018 Defensive Player of the Year, Terence Moore, added 5.5 total tackles and 1 interception on the night.  Newly acquired linebacker, Jeramie Richardson, had a nice debut with the Empire, being credited for 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.  Veteran defensive back, Arkeith Brown, tallied 4 total tackles and 1 interception on the night.  Leading the team in total tackles was rookie defensive back, Tevin Homer, who racked up 6 on the night.

The next game for the Empire is another home matchup against the Washington Valor on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm in the Times Union Center.   

Albany Empire 2019 Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

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 . Follow the team on Facebook at  and Twitter at

About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Columbus, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League can on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

About Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, 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 26 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest , 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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