The road to a 3-peat got off to good start as the Albany Panthers took down the Louisiana Swashbucklers 51-40 in Lake Charles on Saturday. The Panthers were fast out of the gate with two short touchdown runs by Derick Wimbush after a couple defensive stops. Louisiana turned to quarterback Chris Mitchell for a spark. Mitchell spent last season as the Panthers' back up.
Albany claimed a 28-22 halftime lead thanks to touchdown strikes from Cecil Lester to Antwon Savage and Marcus Lindsay. The Panthers got the ball to start the second half and quickly took advantage as Lester found John Harris from 22 yards out to make it 35-22. Lester also hooked up on touchdown scores to Antwontis Cutts and Clinton Rage in the 11 point victory.
Defensive back Demetrie McCray, who played in his first game back with the Panthers in over a year, made his mark on the game intercepting a Louisiana two point conversion and returning it the distance.
The Panthers will host its home opener on Saturday against cross state foe Columbus at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center.
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