On Sunday, the Albany plaid host to Arena Bowl 32. At 10-2 and defeating the Baltimore Brigade, they now face the Philadelphia Soul at 7-5.
For the Empire, this is their first ArenaBowl appearance in franchise history. As for the city of Albany, it is their second ArenaBowl appearance. In ArenaBowl 13 back in 1999, the #3 seed Albany Firebirds defeated the #8 seed Tampa Bay Storm 59-48. Now 20 years later, The Empire are looking to write their own history.
As for the Philadelphia Soul, their last title was in 2017 where they won their third ArenaBowl title. Now they are looking for title number four. The question is will they? Entering this matchup, the Albany Empire leads the overall 4-3 and 2-1 in 2019.
After the first quarter the game was tied at 14 but it seemed like the Albany Empire had a lot of momentum. In the second quarter, there was four scoring plays and three of them were touchdowns by the Albany Empire. Most of those touchdowns were thanks to Quentin Sims, who carried the ball 9 times, 93-yards and 4 touchdowns. The Albany defense also intercepted a pass by the Soul and recovered it for a Pick Six! At the half the Empire is in the lead 35-21.
During the second half, the Albany Empire didn’t let up. In the final 3 scoring possessions, the Albany scored twice while the Philadelphia Soul only got points once. The Final Score in ArenaBowl32 is Albany 45, Philadelphia Soul 27. Tommy Grady, the Albany Empire quarterback was the games MVP. Grady completed 64 percent of his passes, totaled 200 yards, and tallied 5 touchdowns. Oh and he finally earned an ArenaBowl title.