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      Championship Performance, Albany Panthers Win Opener

      It was opening night for the Professional Indoor Football Champion, Albany Panthers, and nothing has changed in the PIFL hierarchy.

      The back-to-back champs, returning with a core of veteran players, avoided the words repeat and defend in regards to the 2013 season. They claimed to be back to earn a fresh, new championship.

      That goal can TMt be accomplished until late June, but the Panthers did accomplish the opening task of a 1-0 record on Saturday.

      On the road, the Panthers stormed past the Louisiana Swashbucklers 51-40 in their season opener.

      Albany used five touchdown passes from quarterback Cecil Lester and two touchdown runs from Derrick Wimbush for the offensive production. Defensive back Demetrie McCray returned a Louisiana two point attempt to close out the Panthers scoring.

      The Panthers open Phoebe Field next Saturday against the Columbus Lions.