The Washington Valor are back on the road this weekend, taking on the Albany Empire on Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. This will be the teams’ third matchup in the last four weeks. The Valor are looking to bounce back from a 42-41 loss to the Baltimore Brigade while the Empire are coming off a 41-36 win over the defending-champion Philadelphia Soul.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Reggie Gray
– Veteran wideout Reggie Gray is coming off his best game of the season, a 171-yard (AFL season high) and four-touchdown performance, marking his third-straight game finding the end zone. Additionally, Gray became the 16th player in AFL history to top 10,000 career receiving yards when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from quarterback Shane Austin. Gray is 186 yards shy of passing Greg Hopkins for 15th on the league’s all-time receiving yards list.
EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills
– Hills, who joined the Empire in Week 2, leads the league in touchdowns (10) and receiving yards per game (94.3). In his two previous matchups with the Valor this season, Hills has combined for 14 catches, 197 yards and five touchdowns. Last week against the Philadelphia Soul, Hills had his streak of three-straight games with multiple touchdowns broken.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Valor LB Alvin Ray Jackson vs. Empire QB Tommy Grady
– In his first game since signing with the team last week, Jackson registered 8.5 total tackles, one for loss, one forced fumble and a pass break-up against the Brigade. Jackson will be tasked with containing an Empire offense orchestrated by Tommy Grady, who leads the league in touchdown passes (28), ranks second in completions (101) and attempts (158) and ranks third in passing yards (1,168).
Saturday night’s game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.