by David Taylor
The Albany Empire defeated the Philadelphia Soul 57-48 on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Albany was unstoppable, scoring on every possession, and even returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Quarterback Tommy Grady was nearly perfect, going 14 for 17 for 256 yards and seven touchdowns. Grady also completed a pass for a two point conversion late in the fourth quarter, giving the Empire a two possession advantage which sealed the game.
The Soul matched a season high in scoring, but failed to score at the end of the first half, missing a FG attempt. Philadelphia also missed an extra point, which forced the Soul to attempt a two point conversion twice, failing on both. The bright spot for the Soul was wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw. Outlaw led the Soul in receiving, catching nine passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.
“Teams aren’t just gonna roll over just because they are playing the Philadelphia Soul,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said after the game. Coach Dolezel also lamented the unproductive running game as a factor in the loss. “We’ve gotta get Ferns moving,” Dolezel said.
Next week, the Soul travels to Washington to take on the Valor. Kickoff is set for Saturday, May 18th at 3:30. Albany will travel to Columbus to take on the winless Destroyers. Kickoff for that matchup is set to take place Saturday, May 18th at 7:00pm.