ArenaBowl XXXII

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ArenaBowl XXXII
1234 Total
PHI 14706 27
ALB 142173 45
DateAugust 11, 2019
ArenaTimes Union Center, Albany, New York
MVPTommy Grady (QB, Albany)
Attendance12,042
Winning coachRob Keefe
Losing coachClint Dolezel
TV in the United States
NetworkESPN2
AnnouncersJon Meterparel, Sherdrick Bonner, Meredith Gorman and J. J. Raterink

ArenaBowl XXXII was the championship game of the 2019 Arena Football League season. The game took place on August 11, 2019, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.[1] It featured the winners of the two semifinals, the No. 1 seed Albany Empire and the No. 3 seed Philadelphia Soul.

AFL Commissioner Randall Boe also confirmed that the league's expansion plans for next season would be unveiled during the game;[1] however, these plans were pushed back to several weeks after the game[2] after Boe said that negotiations for the two new teams would not be finished in time.[3] The league ultimately filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on November 27 of that year, making the game the final one in the league's history.[4]

Venue[edit]

As the higher seed, the No. 1 Albany Empire hosted ArenaBowl XXXII at the Times Union Center.[5]

2019 playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals ArenaBowl XXXII
                         
1 Albany Empire 61 62 123  
4 Baltimore Brigade 26 21 47  
    1 Albany Empire 45
  3 Philadelphia Soul 27
2 Washington Valor 33 41 74
3 Philadelphia Soul 69 48 117  


Teams[edit]

Albany Empire[edit]

The Empire, led by head coach Rob Keefe, finished the regular season 10–2 and earned the No. 1 seed for the second straight season. They defeated No. 4 Baltimore home and away in the semifinal to advance to their first ArenaBowl.

Philadelphia Soul[edit]

The Soul, led by head coach Clint Dolezel, finished the regular season 7–5 and earned the No. 3 seed for the second straight season. They defeated No. 2 Washington home and away in the semifinal to advance to their sixth ArenaBowl; they are 3–2 in previous appearances.

Series record[edit]

The all-time series between the Empire and the Soul dates back to the Empire's inaugural game on April 14, 2018. Entering the game, Albany led the series 4–3.

Albany victoriesPhiladelphia victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 April 14, 2018 Albany, NY Philadelphia 56–35
2 May 19, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Albany 41–36
3 June 16, 2018 Albany, NY Philadelphia 75–74
4 July 7, 2018 Albany, NY Albany 71–57
5 May 11, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Albany 57–48
6 June 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia 54–43
7 July 20, 2019 Albany, NY Albany 72–27
Series: Albany leads 4–3

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Qtr. Time Team Scoring play Score
1 12:09 Philadelphia Darius Prince 34 yard pass from Dan Raudabaugh; Kenny Spencer kick good Philadelphia 7, Albany 0
6:58 Albany Maurice Leggett 54 yard interception return; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 7, Albany 7
4:58 Philadelphia B. J. Bunn 38 yard pass from Dan Raudabaugh; Kenny Spencer kick good Philadelphia 14, Albany 7
1:56 Albany Quentin Sims 11 yard pass from Tommy Grady; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 14, Albany 14
2 9:59 Albany Quentin Sims 6 yard pass from Tommy Grady; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 14, Albany 21
4:56 Philadelphia Darius Prince 4 yard pass from Dan Raudabaugh; Kenny Spencer kick good Philadelphia 21, Albany 21
3:23 Albany Quentin Sims 25 yard pass from Tommy Grady; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 21, Albany 28
0:22 Albany Quentin Sims 11 yard pass from Tommy Grady; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 21, Albany 35
3 10:06 Albany Mykel Benson 8 yard pass from Tommy Grady; Adrian Trevino kick good Philadelphia 21, Albany 42
4 13:09 Philadelphia Lonnie Outlaw 3 yard pass from Dan Raudabaugh; Kenny Spencer kick missed Philadelphia 27, Albany 42
9:59 Albany Adrian Trevino 31 yard field goal Philadelphia 27, Albany 45
1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia 14 7 0 6 27
Albany 14 21 7 3 45
Statistics PHI ALB
First downs 19 14
Total yards 300 208
Rushes–yards 7–0 5–8
Passing yards 300 200
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 26–39–1 16–25–0
Penalties–yards 3–25 3–9
Team Category Player Statistics
Philadelphia Passing Dan Raudabaugh 26/39, 300 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Adrian Ferns 5 car, 1 yd
Receiving B. J. Bunn 10 rec, 129 yds, 1 TD
Albany Passing Tommy Grady 16/25, 200 yds, 5 TD
Rushing Mykel Benson 3 car, 14 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Quentin Sims 9 rec, 93 yds, 4 TD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Levack, Jeff (June 25, 2019). "AFL Planning To Announce Expansion Teams At Arena Bowl". 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Dougherty, Pete (11 August 2019). "AFL expansion likely to be announced soon". www.timesunion.com. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Boe, Randall (8 August 2019). "We've narrowed the list for @officialafl expansion to five markets—we're in negotiations now and are committed to adding 2 new teams for 2020. We want to be thoughtful and get it right even if it takes more time. Look forward to announcements soon. #BetOnUS". @randallboe. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Gleeson, Scott (November 27, 2019), "Arena Football League files for bankruptcy, ceases all operations", USA Today, retrieved November 27, 2019
  5. ^ "Arena Football League 101". Arena Football League. Retrieved July 6, 2019.

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