The Albany Empire hosted the Philadelphia Soul at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on Saturday afternoon. It was the first arena football game in Albany in nearly 20 years, and the first for the Empire.
Philadelphia showed a slight edge over Albany in the first half, forcing Tommy Grady into a couple bad passes. Other than that, both team were very equally contested, from pass breakups to a surprise onside for each team, which failed on both ends, to multiple penalties.
It was at the end of the half that Philadelphia showed why they are the defending champions. A late interception by Torez Jones led to Darius Reynolds’ first touchdown of the season, and Philadelphia led 35-21 at the half.
The end of the first half carried into the second half. Albany fumbled the football, Philadelphia recovered and Reynolds’ second touchdown gave the Soul a 42-21 lead.
Mistakes killed Albany in their return to arena football. Philadelphia was able to capitalize on the turnovers and come out of upstate New York with a win. They will host the Baltimore Brigade next week while the Empire will travel to DC to take on the Washington Valor.