Albany Empire Keep Rolling, Now 4-0
In the middle of a three-game road trip, the Albany Empire put up close to a carbon copy performance from last week in Philadelphia. The offense was not stopped once by the Soul and on Saturday night, Columbus struggled as well to slow down Tommy Grady & Co.
The reigning MVP and Empire quarterback is making it look easy this season. In the back to back road wins, Grady has thrown seven touchdowns in each of them; fourteen total. Absurd. Compare that to only thirteen incompletions in two games. After a 56-40 win over the Destroyers, Albany has beaten Columbus twice in 2019 as the expansion team is looking for its first victory of the season.
Now at 4-0, the Empire will play another game away from the Times Union Center next week and they have very clearly announced themselves as the best team in the league.
If there is any question about this Albany team, it might be there health and depth. Along the offensive line, Hayworth Hicks was injured on the first play from scrimmage this season and he is still a few weeks from returning. On Saturday night in Columbus, Mo Ruffins was forced to leave the game after a defensive lineman rolled up underneath him. Ruffins did return to the sideline in street clothes prior to Jordan Mudge being ejected for making contact with a referee. And yet, through all that, after the game was tied at 14, it was never tied again and never closer than a touchdown.