AFL Photos: Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire, July 7, 2018, Times Union Center, Albany, NY

Here are photos of the Arena League Football game between the Philadelphia Soul and Albany Empire from July 7, 2018 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

The Empire head into the AFL playoffs as the #1 seed (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)
The Empire defeated the Soul 71-57 on Saturday night, to clinch the top overall seed in the AFL playoffs. The victory, coupled with top attendance in the league, will give the Empire home field for the Arena Bowl if they advance to it.

The key sequence in the game came early in the second quarter when the Empire kicked off after taking a 13-7 lead.  Philadelphia kickoff returner Poppy Livers took the ball a yard out of the end zone before being hit by Terence Moore at the one yard line, which pushed him back in the end zone where Greg Carr tackled him for a safety - making the score 15-7. The Empire received the ball back and QB Tommy Grady hit WR Malachi Jones for 9-yard touchdown to make the score 21-7. Albany then turned to some trickery on the ensuing PAT when holder Mike Fafaul took the snap and ran it straight up the middle into the endzone for a 2-point conversion to make the score 23-7.

The two teams exchanged touchdowns before halftime to make the score 30-14 going into the half.

The Empire had a commanding 63-43 lead with 0:59 left in the game and then things got interesting. QB Dan Raudabaugh hit Darius Prince for 2-yard touchdown pass. Instead of an on-side kick on ensuing the kickoff, the Soul kicked it deep into a vacant endzone where James Romain recovered the ball for a Soul touchdown to make the score 63-57 with thirty-three seconds remaining.

Albany was able to recover the ensuing on-side kick. Grady hit WR Joe Hills for a 6-yard touchdown pass to make the score 69-57 and then Grady hit Hills again for a two-point conversion to make the score 71-57. The Soul then moved the ball down the field - hoping get a touchdown to set up another on-side kick - but Terence Moore intercepted a Dan Raudabaugh pass as time expired, to seal the win for the Empire.

Tommy Grady finished the game 21-of-29 passing for 239 yards and eight touchdowns for Albany.  Joe Hills was on the receiving end of four of those touchdowns, stretching his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 92 straight games. Malachi Jones also had three scores while Mykel Benson chipped in with two rushing touchdowns.

Raudabaugh was 23-of-33 passing for 304 yards and seven touchdowns. Prince hauled in four touchdowns for 82 yards on the night for the Soul.

With the victory, Albany has elected to travel to Washington for the first game of their two-game series with the Valor next week. Philadelphia, who clinched the second seed, has decided to host the Baltimore Brigade.

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The Soul huddle before their regular season finale agains Albany (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Game time! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dan Raudabaugh warms-up before the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Lonnie Outlaw (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Goosby (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Prince (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

James Romain (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Poppy Livers gets ready for the game  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Aaron Wascha  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Robert Brown eyes a ball during warm-ups  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

James Romain  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Prince  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Poppy Livers  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Goosby  (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Ryan Cave stretches before the game  (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Hayworth Hicks Sr. (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Hills (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Kenny Spencer (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jordan Williams (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Hills (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Malachi Jones (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mo Ruffins (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin Taylor (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rob Keefe watches his team warm-ups (photo credit: Mike Pelletier) 

Collin Taylor (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Phenom Elite! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Sykes (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Nick Seither (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Bret Piekarski signs some autographs before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Jake Metz (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

The Albany Empresses perform during the pre-game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)
The Empresses finish out their routine before the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Here come the empire (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Marrio Norman flexes as he comes out of the tunnel (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Daryl Cato-Bishop (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mo Ruffins (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin  Taylor (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin Taylor and coach Rob Keefe (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Ryan Cave (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Malachi Jones (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Hills (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mac! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Ron Jaworski, Joe Sykes, and Rob Keefe pose before the game as Sykes is honored as the AFL all-sack leader (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Jordan Williams (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terrance Smith (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Terrence Smith takes the opening kickoff out of the end zone (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

The Empire offense huddle before their first series of the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Tommy Grady launches a deep ball (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Malachi Jones throws a stiff arms at Dwayne Hollis (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)
Albany Empresses dance during the game (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Tommy Grady looks for an open man down field (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mykel Benson tries to barrel into the end zone (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Maria, an Albany Empress! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terrence Smith, Marrio Norman, and Jordan Williams (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Aaron Wascha (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dwayne Hollis (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dan Raudabaugh eyes Darius Prince making his cut (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Reynolds and Varmah Sonie get ready to collide (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Varmah Sonie tackles Darius Reynolds (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dan Raudabaugh and Clint Dolezel (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Clint Dolezel argues a call (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Varmah Sonie, Joe Sykes, and Arthur Hobbs (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

The Albany defense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

The Predator watching his prey (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Marrio Norman stops Aaron Wascha short of the goal line (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Neal Tivis and Darius Reynolds celebrate a touchdown (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Walter Thomas, Thomas Dover, and Joe Goosby (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Willie McGinnis (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mykel Benson (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Battle in the trenches (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Shane Austin holds a PAT attempt for Adrian Trevino (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Sykes tries to block the Trevino kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dwayne Hollis takes down Terrence Smith (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Tommy Grady (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Tommy Grady lets a pass rip for Malachi Jones (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Walter Thomas and Mykel Benson battle (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Thomas Dover gets ready to come off the edge (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Calvin Fance (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Collin Taylor goes in motion (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Tommy Grady surveys the defense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mo Ruffins and Calvin Fance go head-to-head (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin Taylor is tackled by James Romain (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Poppy Livers is tackled in the end zone for a safety (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Safety! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dwayne Hollis (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Calvin Fance (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Ryan Cave talks to some of the Soul players (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Jake Metz, Walter Thomas, and Thomas Dover get set for the next play (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Greg Carr (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Larico Stevenson pushes Joe Hills out of bounds (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mike Fafaul gets ready for some trickery (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mike Fafaul celebrates his 2-point conversion with Ryan Cave and Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rob Keefe is pumped! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mike Fafaul and Rob Keefe (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Empire celebrate Mike Fafaul's 2-point conversion (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Uhhh...can someone get that? (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Lonnie Outlaw (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

James Romain pushes Joe Hills as they go for the ball (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

James Romain is a little frustrated (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Adrian Trevino (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore gets some serious air to catch the on-side kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore comes down with the kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Joe Hills (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Malachi Jones looks for the ball as James Romain covers him photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin Taylor is tackled by Larico Stevenson photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

James Romain yells at the crowd photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Touchdown Malachi Jones! photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Jordan Williams (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Reynolds (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Clint Dolezel talks to his offense (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Aaron Wascha (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Prince (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dan Raudabaugh drops in the pocket (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Daryl Cato-Bishop stares down Dan Raudabaugh (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Darius Reynolds manes a move in the open field (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Clint Dolezel tries to get his defense fired up! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Clint Dolezel (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The Empire offense trying to put another touchdown in (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Jake Metz (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Ryan Cave and Hayworth Hicks Sr. (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Touchdown! Mykel Benson! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Mykel Benson (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Willie McGinnis (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Larico Stevenson tries to make something happen on the kickoff return (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Prince and Dan Raudabaugh try to get the Soul back in the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Darius Prince (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The Soul huddle (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dan Raudabaugh and Clint Dolezel (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dan Raudabaugh looks for the open receiver (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Aaron Wascha (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dan Raudabaugh is fired up (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jeramie Richardson tries to elude Empire defenders (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adrian Trevino (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adrian Trevino (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ready! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Larico Stevenson (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ryan Cave (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Tommy Grady drops in the pocket (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

4th quater! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ryan Cave (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mykel Benson weaves his way by defenders (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

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

Aaron Wascha comes down with an on-side kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

That handshake! (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Collin Taylor (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Dan Raudabaugh leads his team down the field (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore, Varmah Sonie, and Marrio Norman (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Just out of the reach of Aaron Wascha (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Prince tries to break away from Varmah Sonie (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Lonnie Outlaws tries to chase down an on-side kick (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Darius Reynolds heads into the end zone (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Wayne Tribue and Joe Sykes battle (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Shane Austin (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Varmah Sonie breaks up a pass (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Marrio Norman (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore interception seals the victory for the Empire (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Thankful (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

Terence Moore gets a hug (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

#1 says Brandon Sesay (photo credit: Mike Pelletier)

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