Empire Head Back to NAL Title Game Two Years in A Row!

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire is headed to the NAL Championship for the second year in a row with a close win over Jacksonville, 68-67. The Empire will face Carolina in Albany in two weeks on August 13th at 7 pm. This will be the fourth time the Empire faces the Cobras, whom they’ve fallen to in the past three matchups. 

Tonight’s game was a close one, with Jacksonville scoring as time expired to make it a one point game. QB Sam Castronova performed yet again, with 6 TD passes, 206 yards and 2 rushing TDs. The dynamic duo of Castronova and Prince was electric tonight, Darius Prince had caught 7 passes for 99 yards and 4 touchdowns. Aaron Wascha and Dwayne Hollis also had a touchdown reception tonight. 

The Empire defense came up big tonight, with 3 passes broken up and 2 sacks. Special teams provided some much needed scoring tonight. Marquel Wade returned one kickoff for a touchdown and kicker Marc Orozco put up 2 deuces. 

The Empire now has 2 weeks to prepare for Carolina, the only team they’ve been unable to beat this season. There’s no doubt that this year’s championship game will be a great one. Tickets are on sale now at albanyempirenal.com/tickets. 


The Albany Empire joined the NAL for the 2021 season, and won the championship in its inaugural season in the league. The Empire plays their home games at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. For season ticket and sponsorship opportunities contact Vice President Matt Woods at mwoods@albanyempirenal.com or by calling (518)714-2200 ext 101. 



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