Saturday’s matchup for the Predators ended in disheartening fashion after the team took their fifth consecutive loss after a subpar second half against the Albany Empire.

The Empire (7-4) took down the Predators (3-7) 74-53 at MVP Arena on Saturday night. The Predators loss has knocked the Predators out of playoff contention and moved the team into last place. 

Despite a dogfight in the first half in which the Empire had only a 41-40 lead going into halftime, the Predators could not find their footing in the second half after being outscored by the Empire 33-13. 

The first half was filled with big plays by the Predators as quarterback Matt Parsons threw five touchdowns. However, coming out of the half, the Predators offense could not get going in the third quarter going scoreless.

The standout player on offense for the entirety of the game was receiver Clarence Williams, who is continuing a campaign for Rookie of the Year. Williams brought in 10 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Larry Beavers, Lonnie Outlaw, and Richy Anderson all brought in one touchdown reception.

The defense made some plays, including a scoop and score touchdown by linebacker and fullback Darius Meadors. Defensive back Jerome Junior was also able to make a play on defense by forcing a fumble to set up an offensive drive for the Predators.

With the playoffs now out of reach for the Predators, the team will travel to Columbus to take on the Lions (6-5) on Saturday. The team will use this game as a springboard for what is to come next season after a rebuilding year under first-year head coach Jeff Higgins.