It's the boost the team needed heading in to the postseason. The Albany Panthers received high grades in their regular season finale Saturday against the Columbus Lions.
Coined as a playoff dress rehearsal, Panthers head coach Lucious Davis had little to critique in a 59-35 win over their in-state rivals.
The defense stayed steady, as it has all season, allowing a single Columbus touchdown in the second half. Panthers quarterback Cecil Lester, who has struggled recently with 11 interceptions in his last five games, protected the football and made positive decisions throughout the four quarters.
Next up, the PIFL playoffs and the Alabama Hammers.
"We have a new season in front of us right now. It's one game, it's a one game season. If we win Monday, then we'll play another game. Right now, we can't worry about a championship or anything like that. We just have to win this game," Coach Davis said.
The Panthers have nine days to prepare for a third straight indoor football title. Hammers and Panthers open the postseason, July 1 in Huntsville.