Arena Football League: Baltimore Brigade @ Albany Empire, June 2, 2018, Times Union Center, Albany, NY

Here are photos of the Arena Football League game between the Baltimore Brigade and Albany Empire from June 2, 2018 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Transfinder Field at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Albany Empire defeated the Baltimore Brigade 61-53 on Saturday night to move into a tie with Baltimore for first place in the Arena Football League. 

Tommy Grady was sensational for the Empire, throwing for eight touchdowns and 248 yards. Joe Hills and Malachi Jones had three receiving touchdowns each, while Collin Taylor and Greg Carr each had a touchdown in the win.

However, the biggest play of the game for the Empire may have come on the defense side of ball when Brandon Sesay strip-sacked Baltimore quarterback Randy Hippeard to start the fourth the qaurter. The ball was recovered by Daryl Cato-Bishop for an Empire touchdown to give them a 54-38.

Last year's league MVP, Hippeard didn't go away quietly and tried to mount a comeback but it came up short. Hippeard completed 24-of-30 passes for 205 yards and six touchdowns.

The two will reignite this rivalry as they meet again next week at the Times Union Center with sole possession of first place on the line.

Tommy Grady stretching before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Mike Fafaul (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 
Collin Taylor (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Malachi! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 
Brigade QB, Randy Hippeard (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 
Raymond McNeil gives some love to Albany fans (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Rory Nixon (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Public address announcer, Mike Falvo (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
"Big Cave" (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

The Empire (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Varmah Sonie (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Stephens warms up before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Terence Moore (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Malachi Jones goes up for a catch during warmups (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Al Phillips and and Raymond McNeil chat before the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Wes Mauia lines up in the back field (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Wes Mauia (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Kenny Spencer gives fives to some young fans (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Collin Taylor never turns down a photo op (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

"Hey Joe, look it's Broken Bat Media." (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Derrick Summers (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

"Your Albany Emmmmpiiiiiire!!!" (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Sesay basking in glory of being in Albany (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Arthur Hobbs! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Nick Seither! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiioooo!!! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Varmah Sonie, on fire! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Temo!!! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

All-time AFL sack record holder, Joe Sykes (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Get Syked! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Joe Sykes (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Marrio Norman and Varmah Sonie take a moment to reflect before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Blessed. (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Rob Keefe (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Stephens (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Collin Taylor heads to the boards to shake some hands before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Larry Beavers (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Larry Beavers come out of the endzone with the opening kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Rodney Austin (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Touchdown! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Mac and Jack give out some t-shirts (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Kenny Spencer gets the kickoff team ready (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Terence Moore tries to take down Brandon Thompkins (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Pre-snap (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Arthur Hobbs surveys the field before the play (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Randy Hippeard drops in the pocket (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Randy Hippeard, Raymond McNeil, and Rory Nixon (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Marrio Norman (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Congratulations for Terence Moore after his interception (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Cedric Walker talks to his defense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

The Empire offense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Cedric Walker (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Josh Victorian comes hard at Joe Hills (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Hayworth Hicks Sr. (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Quentin Sims (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Thompkins (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Lamark Brown (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard ready to strike (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard calls the play (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Lewis with the PAT (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Virgil Gray (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Al Phillips (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Malachi Jones splits the defenders (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Joe Hills in motion (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Kenny Spencer with the PAT (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Lamark Brown (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Mark Lewis gets ready to kickoff (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Powell (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Team. (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Josh Victorian (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Randy Hippeard with head coach Omarr Smith (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard gets ready to hit his target (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

#12 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard pleads his case to an official (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Touchdown! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Malachi Jones and Joe Hills celebrate (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Malachi Jones and Collin Taylor (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Yeah! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Arthur Hobbs (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 
Marrio Norman (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Tommy Grady under center (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Josh Victorian (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The Baltimore defense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Joe Hills and Malachi Jones celebrate another touchdown (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Thompkins (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard tries to get his team back in the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Quentin Sims lines up wide (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rory Nixon (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard drops in the pocket (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Randy Hippeard lets a pass go (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Lewis gets ready to attempt a field goal (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The huddle (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Willie Bailey (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Lewis puts the ball on the tee (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ready!? (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Stephens signals first down after the Empire defense causes another turnover (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The Empire defense (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Seither with the pass rush (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Josh Victorian covers Joe Hills (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Just a little bit of jersey... (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Malachi Jones goes into the stands (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Look! It's Jon Monaghan, team photographer! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Brandon Thompkins takes the ball of the endzone (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Greg Carr launches the ball into the stands after scoring a TD (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Collin Taylor with fives for the fans (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

4th quarter! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rob Keefe (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Special teams (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Sykes (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Collin Taylor (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Albany Empress, Hayley Dabek (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Greg Carr (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Handoff to Wes Mauia (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Kenny Spencer blasts a PAT through (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

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