9th Man Nation


Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

The Albany Empire (3-2) won their third consecutive game last night against the Philadelphia Soul (3-2) at the Wells Fargo Center by a score of 41-36 in front of a crowd of 9,715.  The win for the Empire snapped a 20-game home win streak for the Soul.  It was a slow start for both offenses as each teams’ defense controlled the first half.  The second half was the opposite as both teams came out firing.  The Empire were able to force a couple of turnovers and maintain a late lead on their way to victory.


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Leading the offense, Tommy Grady totaled 18 completions on 34 attempts for 178 yards and five touchdowns.  Through five games, Grady has totaled 101 completions on 158 attempts for 1,168 yards and a league best 28 touchdowns.

Grady was frequent to his top two targets Joe Hills and Malachi Jones.  Hills reeled in 9 catches for 72 yards and 1 receiving touchdown.  This touchdown marked the 85th consecutive game with a receiving touchdown for Hills, an active league record.  On the season, Hills leads the league with 10 receiving touchdowns, on 34 receptions and 377 yards.  Malachi Jones continued his great rookie season last night totaling for7 receptions for 63 yards and 3 touchdowns; 2 receiving and 1 rushing.  Jones is second in the league with 409 receiving yards on the season.  Rookie wide receiver Jordan Williams caught 1 catch for 25 yards and 1 touchdown; the first score of his young AFL career.  Fullback Wes Mauia caught 1 pass for 18 yards and 1 touchdown.

On defense, the Empire were led by defensive back Varmah Sonie who had 7 tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass breakups.  On the season, Sonie is third in the league in total tackles with 29.  Linebacker Terence Moore chipped in 6 total tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass breakup.  So far this year, Moore is third on the team in total tackles with 28.  Defensive end Nick Seither had 2 sacks and forced 1 fumble.  Veteran defensive end Joe Sykes added 1 more forced fumble, adding to his league high of 4 forced fumbles on the season.

The betting spread favored the Soul (-10.5) which the Empire covered easily.  The score totaled up to 77 points; 22 points fewer than the over/under of 99 set by oddsmakers.

The next game for the Empire is a home matchup against the Valor at the on Saturday, May 16 at 6 pm in the Times Union Center.

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