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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Albany Empire came into the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Soul. Tommy Grady of the Empire, had an excellent game. He connected on 14/17 passes and a 82.4% completion rating with 7 TDs and no picks.  Grady did spread his passes well throughout the WR’s.  Malachi Jones was the standout WR for the Empire. He gathered 6 catches for 137 yards and 2 TDs.  Defensively, Albany’s Arkeith Brown had an interesting game. He recovered an on-sides kick and returned it for a touchdown. Also late in the game, he got Albany’s game saving interception.

While for the Soul, Dan Raudabaugh even though falling short in the end, had an excellent game himself, throwing for 21/34 with a completion percentage 61.8 and 309 yards. He also threw for 6 TDs but he had one unfortunate interception at the end of the game which would result with the Soul’s first lost for 2019.  Lonnie Outlaw was the star receiver today for the Soul. He was replacing Darius Renyolds today and he preformed excellent with 9 receptions  for 191 yards and 3 TDs.  Darius Prince also had a good game himself with 8 catches for 44 yards and 3 touchdowns. But unfortunately he had two key drops that seemed to contribute to the Soul’s shortfall.

Both teams brought the feeling and excitement of the old AFL back as a solid back and forth battle throughout the whole game.  The Soul never could capture and hold on to a lead.  Key penalties  seemed to kill the Soul’s defensive attack on the first couple of drives.

Over 9,000 in attendance at the game at Wells Fargo Center tonight; good energy!

(2004) - Caught the expansion of Philadelphia Soul (2008) - Watched ArenaBowl XXII (2017) - Returned to following the Philadelphia Soul (2018) - Attended Philadelphia Soul games (2019) - Started Contributing to 9th Man Nation covering the Philadelphia Soul

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