The Albany Panthers hadn't lost a game at home since May of 2011 against Columbus and the team wanted to keep it that way against the new revamped 2-0 Alabama Hammers coming to town. However, Albany flexed its muscle and pulled out a 64-51 win.
Albany started off the game with a score on its first possession on a strike from Cecil Lester to John Harris. Lester was on fire in the first half tossing four touchdown passes, three to Antwontis Cutts. The defense also showed up big in the first half forcing three Alabama turnovers and turning them into points.
In the second half, Damien Daniels set the tone after picking off Alabama quarterback Russell Hill. Daniels had two interceptions on the night and is now 7 shy of the indoor football career interceptions record held by Kenny McEntyre (98).
The Panthers led by as many as 20 points in the second half but the Hammers made it a 6 point game with three minutes left in the 4th before Lester and Harris hooked up once more giving the Panthers a 64-51 lead.
Alabama had one more chance to cut it to a one possession game with over a minute left but Corey Rue stopped Hill cold on a 4th and goal from the one yard line sending the Panthers to 3-0
"Man I know we went hard this week in practice, so we knew we had to come out. you know they have a lot of a-1 guys and a great coach, but we knew we had to click on all cylinders for four quarters to come out with a win tonight, said defensive back Demetrie McCray.
Head coach Lucious Davis added "We took care of the ball. we were more physical on offense. the defense played good today. you know we had some mishaps here and there but overall we played pretty good."
The Panthers will travel to Knoxville on April 5th.
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