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Archive for July 14th, 2019

Albany Empire, Destroyers Week 12 opponent, Team History: Arena Football League’s best team in 2019

The Albany Empire is a professional arena football team based in Albany, New York, that began play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2018. Home games are played at Times Union Center.

The Empire is Albany’s third arena football team and second AFL team; they succeed the original Albany Firebirds who began AFL play in 1990 and enjoyed great success (most notably winning ArenaBowl XIII) before moving to Indianapolis following the 2000 season, and later the Albany Conquest who played in the af2 from 2002 until that league folded after the 2009 season (and were known as the Firebirds for that last season).

History

After the American Hockey League‘s Albany Devils relocated to Binghamton, the Times Union Center was left without a full-time tenant. On March 14, 2017, Center general manager Bob Belber confirmed that it was in early discussions to bring an AFL team back to Albany.

On October 24, the new Albany team was officially announced as a member of the AFL for the 2018 season. The local ownership group (led by George Randolph Hearst III) has partnered with that of their AFL leaguemates the Philadelphia Soul (which includes Ron JaworskiDick VermeilMarques Colston and Jahri Evans among others) to run both teams’ business operations while keeping their football operations separate. (This marks the second time that the AFL has announced two teams with common ownership and management but separate football operations, as the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade are both owned and operated by D.C.-area businessman Ted Leonsis but are competitors on the field and separately coached.) On November 7, Rob Keefe was named the Albany team’s head coach. On November 9, the Albany team announced that the four team name finalists were the Empire, Fire, Machine and Phoenix. Voting ended on November 15 and the winning name was announced on January 23, 2018, as the Albany Empire.

The team played its first game on April 14, 2018, losing at home to the Philadelphia Soul 56-35 before a sellout crowd of 13,648.

Individual awards

Offensive Lineman of the Year
Season Player Position
2018 Hayworth Hicks OL

 

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Season Player Position
2018 Joe Sykes DL

 

Most Valuable Player
Season Player Position
2018 Tommy Grady QB

 

 
Offensive Player of the Year
Season Player Position
2018 Tommy Grady QB

 

Defensive Player of the Year
Season Player Position
2018 Terence Moore LB

 

Rookie of the Year
Season Player Position
2018 Malachi Jones WR

 

Notable coaches

Head coaches

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L Win% W L
Rob Keefe 2018–present 8 4 .667 1 1

Staff

Albany Empire staff
Ownership[7]

  • Albany ownership group – George Randolph Hearst III
  • Albany ownership group – Daniel Nolan
  • Albany ownership group – Ed Swyer
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Craig A. Spencer
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Ron Jaworski
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Pete Ciarrocchi
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Cosmo DeNicola
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Martin E. Judge
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Marques Colston
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Dick Vermeil
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Nicholas Giuffre
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Jahri Evans
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Philip Jaurigue
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Stewart Anmuth
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Gil Peters
  • Philadelphia ownership group – Hal Brunson
Front office[8]

  • Chief operating officer – George Manias
  • Chief ticketing officer – David Beck
  • Vice president of finance – Carly Griffin

Coaches[9]

  • Head coach – Rob Keefe
  • Assistant head coach/general manager – Les Moss
  • Director of player personnel/line coach – Dave Ewart
  • Director of player operations – Brandon Goldstein
As of 2019 season
Established 2018
Play in Times Union Center
in Albany, New York
TheAlbanyEmpire.com
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (2018–)
Team colors Fiery reddish orange, dark navy blue, grey
Personnel
Owner(s) Trifecta Sports and Entertainment
Main owners:
George Randolph Hearst III
Dan Nolan
Ed Swyer
Partner owners (with Philadelphia Soul):
Ron Jaworski
Craig Spencer
Pete Ciarrocchi
Cosmo DeNicola
Martin E. Judge
Dick Vermeil
Marques Colston
Jahri Evans
Nicholas Giuffre
Philip Jaurigue
Stewart Anmuth
Gil Peter
Hal Brunson
President John Adams
Head coach Rob Keefe
Team history
  • Albany Empire (2018–)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
Home arena(s)

 

TEAM HISTORY COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF ALBANY EMPIRE MEDIA RELATIONS

Columbus Destroyers July transaction report

JULY 11, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED OL Matt Cohen 6’6″ 305 Louisville R
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT OL Tate Leavitt 6’6″ 325 Indiana State R
JULY 10, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED K Tyler Durbin 6’3″ 200 Ohio State R
JULY 9, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Rakim Cox 6’4″ 270 Villanova R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Alex McCalister 6’6″ 245 Florida R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED WR Tyler Palka 6’1″ 200 Gannon R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE K Craig Peterson 6’3″ 220 Cortland State 2
JULY 8, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED OL Donell Andrews 6’2″ 320 Saint Augustine R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Derrick Calloway 6’2″ 315 Davenport R
PLACING ON LEAGUE SUSPENSION DL Marquis Smith 6’3″ 250 Savannah State R
JULY 2, 2019
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE OL Kevin Bowen 6’8″ 345 East Central R
JULY 1, 2019
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DB Aaron Ivory 6’1″ 200 Findlay R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DL Terrance Taylor 6’1″ 315 Michigan 8
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT OL Kevin Bowen 6’8″ 345 East Central R
PLACING ON RECALLABLE REASSIGNMENT WR Tony Stevens 6’4″ 215 Auburn R

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

Columbus Destroyers player stats

2019 Regular Season Player Statistics

Rushing

PLAYER GP ATT YDS AVG TD LONG YDS/G TD/G
Russell, Grant 10 28 86 3.1 4 23 8.6 0.4
Browning, Paul 5 3 13 4.3 0 7 2.6 0.0
Guerra, Fabian 9 6 9 1.5 1 3 1.0 0.1
Southwick, Danny 1 2 5 2.5 0 4 5.0 0.0
Wheelwright, Robert 1 1 5 5.0 0 5 5.0 0.0
Stevens, Tony 7 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.4 0.1
Seither, Nick 9 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.1 0.1
Letuli, Jovann 2 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Stoshak, Jenson 9 2 0 0.0 0 3 0.0 0.0

Passing

PLAYER GP COMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT LONG TD/A% INT/A% YDS/G TD/G RAT
Russell, Grant 10 177 288 61.5 2078 36 14 44 12.5% 4.9% 207.8 3.6 94.4
Southwick, Danny 1 10 17 58.8 123 1 2 30 5.9% 11.8% 123.0 1.0 56.4
Nadler, Liam 2 2 4 50.0 10 0 0 7 0.0% 0.0% 5.0 0.0 56.3

Receiving

PLAYER GP NO YDS AVG TD LONG YDS/G TD/G
Guerra, Fabian 9 57 715 12.5 15 38 79.4 1.7
Stoshak, Jenson 9 28 334 11.9 5 39 37.1 0.6
Browning, Paul 5 21 249 11.9 6 34 49.8 1.2
Revis, Paul 4 20 241 12.1 2 36 60.3 0.5
Cook, Kenyattus 4 15 204 13.6 3 44 51.0 0.8
Stevens, Tony 7 14 176 12.6 3 43 25.1 0.4
Amos, Anthony 3 11 114 10.4 0 30 38.0 0.0
Lowe, Julian 2 12 84 7.0 0 14 42.0 0.0
Morgan, Donovan 1 3 32 10.7 1 18 32.0 1.0
Wheelwright, Robert 1 2 22 11.0 1 17 22.0 1.0
Letuli, Jovann 2 2 17 8.5 0 17 8.5 0.0
Isles, Nathan 10 2 11 5.5 0 8 1.1 0.0
Mason, Miles 10 1 10 10.0 0 10 1.0 0.0
Bowen, Kevin 5 1 2 2.0 1 2 0.4 0.2

Kickoff Returns

PLAYER GP NO YDS AVG TD LONG YDS/G TD/G
Guerra, Fabian 9 36 664 18.4 3 57 73.8 0.3
Amos, Anthony 3 8 125 15.6 0 28 41.7 0.0
Stevenson, Larico 10 6 14 2.3 0 8 1.4 0.0
Revis, Paul 4 1 13 13.0 0 13 3.3 0.0
Offray, Juwan 2 1 3 3.0 0 3 1.5 0.0
Stoshak, Jenson 9 1 -5 -5.0 0 0 -0.6 0.0

Fumble Returns

PLAYER GP NO YDS AVG TD LONG YDS/G TD/G
Seither, Nick 9 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2 0.0

Interception Returns

PLAYER GP NO YDS AVG TD LONG YDS/G TD/G
Ivory, Aaron 10 1 31 31.0 0 31 3.1 0.0
Sonie, Varmah 10 5 17 3.4 0 15 1.7 0.0

Kickoffs

PLAYER GP NO YDS TB OB
Peterson, Craig 9 50 2782 15 0
Durbin, Tyler 1 5 278 0 0

Defense

Tackles Tackle for Loss Sacks Fumbles Int
PLAYER GP UA A TOT UA A TOT YDS UA A TOT YDS FF FR YDS INT YDS
Sonie, Varmah 10 38 9 42.5 0 1 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 17
Stevenson, Larico 10 32 5 34.5 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ivory, Aaron 10 28 13 34.5 1 1 1.5 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 31
Stephens, Brandon 7 23 5 25.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clark Jr, Anthony 7 14 16 22 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Omameh, Sydney 10 10 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Thomas, Jordan 6 10 3 11.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, Khreem 9 7 4 9 1 1 1.5 6 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
Taylor, Terrance 10 6 6 9 3 2 4 36 2 0 2 17 2 0 0 0 0
Peterson, Craig 9 5 1 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morton, KJ 2 4 1 4.5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guerra, Fabian 9 3 1 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Obi, KC 4 3 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Summers, Derrick 10 3 4 5 1 1 1.5 4 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
Browning, Paul 5 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cook, Kenyattus 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mason, Miles 10 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Offray, Juwan 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seither, Nick 9 2 7 5.5 1 2 2 8 1 0 1 6 1 1 2 0 0
Smith, Marquis 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amos, Anthony 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gray, Alex 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lowe, Julian 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Revis, Paul 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russell, Faleaoga 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stevens, Tony 7 1 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stoshak, Jenson 9 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Young, Domonique 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Isles, Nathan 10 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wheelwright, Robert 1 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

STATS COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

Columbus Destroyers team stats

Schedule
Date Opponent Res Score
Apr 27 at Albany L 19-35
May 4 at Atlantic City L 35-42
May 10 at Baltimore L 30-48
May 18 vs Albany L 56-40
May 25 vs Washington L 29-27
Jun 1 at Philadelphia L 35-47
Jun 7 vs Atlantic City W 50-54
Jun 15 vs Baltimore L 44-39
Jun 22 vs Philadelphia L 42-35
Jun 28 at Baltimore L 12-50
Jul 14 vs Albany - -
Jul 20 at Washington - -
Total Points per Quarter
GP 1 2 3 4 OT
CMB 10 81 84 58 103 0
OPP 10 68 138 106 131 0
DIFF 10 +13 -54 -48 -28 0
Average Points per Quarter
GP 1 2 3 4 OT
CMB 10 8.1 8.4 5.8 10.3 0
OPP 10 6.8 13.8 10.6 13.1 0
DIFF 10 +1.3 -5.4 -4.8 -2.8 0

 

STATS COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

Columbus Destroyers roster for Week 12

Active Roster As of Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

# POS NAME HT WT DOB AGE EXP COLLEGE
77 OL Andrews, Donell 6’2″ 320 02/27/92 27 R Saint Augustin
81 WR Browning, Paul 6’3″ 220 08/05/92 26 3 Colorado State-Pueblo
65 DL Calloway, Derrick 6’2″ 315 05/17/95 24 R Davenport
11 LB Clark Jr, Anthony 6’3″ 230 11/29/92 26 R Western Carolina
48 OL Cohen, Matt 6’6″ 305 08/25/93 25 R Louisville
15 WR Cook, Kenyattus 6’3″ 210 05/20/92 27 R Gardner-Webb
44 DL Cox, Rakim 6’4″ 270 02/12/91 28 R Villanova
92 K Durbin, Tyler 6’3″ 200 06/25/94 25 R Ohio State
9 WR Guerra, Fabian 6’0″ 190 05/18/95 24 R Fairmont State
75 OL Isles, Nathan 6’6″ 340 01/04/92 27 R North Carolina A&T
43 OL Maiava, Lene 6’5″ 325 03/18/93 26 R Arizona
25 OL Mason, Miles 6’4″ 315 08/29/89 29 1 Utah
57 DL McCalister, Alex 6’6″ 245 10/17/93 25 R Florida
4 QB Nadler, Liam 6’5″ 240 11/29/92 26 R Gannon
7 DB Offray, Juwan 5’11″ 190 05/24/96 23 R Louisiana Monroe
6 DL Omameh, Sydney 6’4″ 245 02/21/93 26 R Grand Valley State
5 WR Palka, Tyler 6’1″ 200 05/12/95 24 R Gannon
12 QB Russell, Grant 6’3″ 220 09/26/95 23 R Ohio Dominican
58 DL Smith, Khreem 6’4″ 255 07/07/79 40 4 Oklahoma State
10 DB Sonie, Varmah 5’9″ 180 07/08/90 29 5 Northern Iowa
23 DB Stevenson, Larico 5’11″ 200 08/22/84 34 9 West Georgia
50 DL Summers, Derrick 6’1″ 265 08/19/88 30 8 Toledo
3 DB Thomas, Jordan 6’0″ 190 01/12/96 23 R Oklahoma
13 WR Wheelwright, Robert 6’2″ 210 12/14/94 24 R Wisconsin

 

ROSTER COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

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