Rivalry Down to the Wire, Panthers Outlast Columbus

Consider the Albany Panthers 2012 league championship celebration complete.

The hometown team kicked off the 2013 home schedule Saturday against Columbus, and the Panthers kicker gave Albany a round one victory in the state's indoor football rivalry.

Kicker Ryan Gates nailed a field goal with five seconds remaining in the game for a 40-37 Panthers win. Columbus tied the game at 37 on a field goal with 13 seconds remaining.

With the victory, Albany moves to 2-0 for the 2013 season.