9th Man Nation


Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

The top-seeded Albany Empire (9-4) defeated the fourth-seeded Washington Valor (2-11) to take a one-point lead in the home-and-home playoff series with a 57-56 Saturday night in overtime at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC in front of a crowd of 5,160.  The two teams square off next Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 pm at the Times Union Center in Albany to wrap up the second game of the playoff series.


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The game’s MVP, Tommy Grady continued where he had left off in the regular season by tallying 25 completions on 39 attempts for 340yards, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  Grady connected with his top two receivers all night long.  Rookie receiver Malachi Jones led the way in his postseason debut with 11 catches for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The league’s regular season touchdown reception leader, Joe Hills, had another strong outing with 9 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the final touchdown in overtime.  Receiver Greg Carr joined the scoring action with 1 catch for 8 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as catching the Empire two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory in overtime.  Receiver Collin Taylor chipped in 3 catches for 34 yards while rookie receiver Jordan Williams added 1 catch for 17yards.

Leading the way on defense jack linebacker Terence Moore who had a team-high 7.5 total tackles on the night.  Defensive back Arthur Hobbs added 7 tackles of his own to lead the Empire backfield.  Defensive back Varmah Sonie was a menace all night long chipping in 4.5 tackles.  Defensive tackle Brandon Sesay led the Albany defensive front with 3.5 total tackles, including 1 sack.

The Empire return home to face the Washington Valor in the second game of the home-and-home playoff series on Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 pm at the Times Union Center.  Albany holds a 1-point lead in the aggregate score over Washington and would secure a spot in ArenaBowl XXXI with another victory over the fourth seeded Valor.

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

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