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July 18, 2018 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Washington Valor News Release

Washington heads to Albany for Game 2 of semifinal series

Game 2 of the Valor's postseason series against the Albany Empire is set for this Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. After last weekend's Game 1 loss, Washington must now win Game 2 by at least two points to advance to ArenaBowl XXXI. Saturday night's game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Valor fall, 57-56, to Empire in Game 1

The Valor were defeated, 57-56, in overtime by the Albany Empire Saturday night at Capital One Arena in the first meeting of a two-game semifinal series. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson totaled eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) and was named Offensive Player of the Game. Valor defensive back Fred Obi tallied 10 tackles, all solo, and an interception, earning Defensive Player of the Game honors.

"We played very well," Valor Interim Head Coach Benji McDowell said after the game. "We left a lot of plays on the field - bar balls, catches, dropped balls. We just have to clean up those types of things. Our guys fought, we can't be mad at them...We have a chance to go back up [to Albany] is all about the points."

Gray and Duvalt named to All-Arena teams

The Arena Football League announced today selections for the 2018 All-Arena First and Second Teams, which include Valor wide receiver Reggie Gray and kick returner Chris Duvalt. Both were named Second Team All-Arena after leading the team in receiving yards and kickoff return yards, respectively. Read the full release HERE.


Saturday, July 21: Washington plays its first road game in over a month, taking on the Empire at 7:30 p.m. at Times Union Center.

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