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EMPIRE DEFEATED BY VALOR, ELIMINATED FROM AFL PLAYOFFS: BY THE NUMBERS

Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

The top-seeded Albany Empire were defeated by the fourth-seeded Washington Valor at the Times Union Center on Saturday night by a score of 47-40 in front of a crowd of 9,261.  The two teams split the home-and-home series with Washington advancing by aggregate score 103-97to secure a spot in ArenaBowl XXXI.

Results

Team1234T
Washington Valor71971447
Albany Empire13671440

Regular season MVP candidate, Tommy Grady, had another solid performance in the defeat, completing 14 passes on 27 attempts for 273yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  Grady came into the playoff series totaling 228 completions on 341 attempts for a league best 2,960yards in 2018.  Grady also finished the regular season leading the league in passing touchdowns with 81 and passer rating with 126.2.

Grady connected with four different receivers on the night.  Leading the way was the regular season’s Wide Receiver of the Year, Malachi Jones.  Jones had a team high 6 catches for 116 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.  Rookie receiver Jordan Williams added career highs with 3 catches for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Veteran receiver Joe Hills compiled 3 catches for 53 yards and 1 touchdown.  Receiver Collin Taylor added 2 catches for 13 yards.  On the ground, fullback Mykel Benson compiled just 5 yards on 4 rushing attempts.

Leading the way on defense was defensive back Varmah Sonie who had a game-high 7.5 total tackles.  Defensive back Terrance Smith chipped in 3.5 total tackles and 1 interception on his way to earning Defensive Player of the Game honors.  Jack linebacker Terence Moore added 6.5 total tackles and defensive back Marrio Norman tallied 5 total tackles in the defeat.

The betting spread heavily favored the Empire (-16) which Albany was unable to cover, losing by 7 points.  The score totaled up to 87 points; below the over/under of 97 set by oddsmakers.

Albany Empire playoffs presented by SEFCU.  Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

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