Empire safe house subject for playoffs with win over Columbus


Columbus, GA (NEWS10) – The Albany Empire went to Columbus on Saturday night for the biggest game of their season to date. The winner between Empire and Lions would get home advantage during the NAL playoffs.

The Empire defeated the Lions 65:60 in their first game of the season in Albany in May, but this one didn’t really prove to be a nail-biter.

The Lions Defense came on early and intercepted Tommy Grady in the Redzone to finish an Empire Drive when the first quarter remained quiet.

There was back and forth action in the second quarter, including a Mason Espinosa screen pass to Lonnie Outlaw that enabled the Lions to tie it at nine.

Later in the second, when the Empire was in fourth place, Grady hit Darius Prince in the end zone to give the Empire a 22-16 lead. You’d run 30-16 in half.

The Lions narrowed it in the third with a touchdown from Espinosa against Antwane Grant to bring it down to the 30-22 Empire, but it didn’t come any closer.

Darius Prince took a surrender early in game four and found paid filth to give the Empire two leads as they won 63-43 and secured the home advantage during the NAL playoffs.