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Albany Panthers

Albany Panthers
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Founded 2009
League SIFL (2010-2011)
PIFL (2012-present)
Team history Albany Panthers (2010-present)
Arena James H. Gray Civic Center
Based in Albany, Georgia
Colors Black, Purple, Gold
              
Owner(s) Rod Chappell
Head coach Lucious Davis
General Manager Will Carter
Championships 2 (2011 SIFL)(2012 PIFL)
Division titles 3 (2010, 2011 SIFL)(2012 PIFL)
Dancers Felines
Mascot Prowler
Website www.AlbanyPanthers.net

The Albany Panthers are an indoor football team in the Professional Indoor Football League. Based in Albany, Georgia, their home games are played at the James H. Gray Civic Center.[1]

The Panthers are the second indoor/arena team to play in Albany, following the af2's South Georgia Wildcats which played from 2005 until the league shut down after the 2009 season.

Franchise history

In January 2010, the Panthers were announced as members of the Southern Indoor Football League. They would finish the season at 8-4 and as the #1 overall team in the league, clinching their first ever playoff appearance against the Louisiana Swashbucklers. They would lose however, 41-35,[2] ending their first season at 8-5. The loss also was the first home loss for the franchise.

2011 season

The Panthers returned to the SIFL, which had expanded from just five teams to sixteen during the offseason, for their second season. Finishing 9-2, they clinched their second playoff berth and the #2 seed. They hosted the 9-3 Erie Explosion in the first round of the playoffs, winning 68-43 and earning their first playoff win and berth in the eastern conference championship against the Columbus Lions. They would go on to win that game as well, and coupled with a Louisiana upset over the undefeated Houston Stallions, would play in and host their first ever championship game. On July 1, 2011, they beat the Louisiana Swashbucklers 69-48,[3] to win their first ever championship.

2011 Schedule

Opponent Final Score Record
Louisiana Swashbucklers W 30-27 1-0
@Carolina Speed W 58-45 2-0
Columbus Lions W 46-26 3-0
@Lafayette Wildcatters W Forfeit 4-0
Alabama Hammers W 47-26 5-0
@Fayetteville Force W 43-40 6-0
Richmond Raiders W 61-46 7-0
Columbus Lions L 56-60 7-1
@Alabama Hammers W 86-70 8-1
@Richmond Raiders W 48-42 9-1
@Columbus Lions L 58-39 9-2
Alabama Hammers W 68-51 10-2
Playoffs Final Score
Qtrs. Erie Explosion W 68-43
Conf. @Columbus Lions W 75-61
SIFL Champ. Louisiana Swashbucklers W 69-48

In September 2011, many SIFL teams began to move to other leagues, with the Texas-based teams forming the Lone Star Football League and many other teams being absorbed into American Indoor Football and several other leagues. In fact, the SIFL would break off mainly into three different regional leagues.

The Panthers, along with the Columbus Lions, Richmond Raiders, Alabama Hammers, and Louisiana Swashbucklers formed the PIFL.[4] They were joined by one expansion team, the Knoxville NightHawks.

New League and 2012 season

The Panthers finished their 2012 regular season at 10-2, with their two losses coming on the road and by a combined score of three points, clinching the #1 seed in the playoffs. They beat the Columbus Lions 60-36 in the first round, ensuring they would host their second straight championship game. On June 30, 2012, they won PIFL Cup I, 60-56,[5] against the Richmond Raiders. The win gave the Panthers back-to-back Championships, while playing in two different leagues. The win also increased their home winning streak to eleven games.

2012 Schedule

Opponent Final Score Record
Richmond Raiders W 40-26 1-0
@Louisiana Swashbucklers W 58-55 2-0
Louisiana Swashbucklers W 52-38 3-0
@Knoxville Nighthawks W 59-10 4-0
Columbus Lions W 57-40 5-0
Alabama Hammers W 62-53 6-0
@Columbus Lions L 56-58 6-1
Louisiana Swashbucklers W 54-47 7-1
@Alabama Hammers W 59-40 8-1
Knoxville Nighthawks W 74-64 9-1
@Columbus Lions W 57-54 10-1
@Richmond Raiders L 66-67 10-2
Playoffs Final Score
Semi-Final Columbus Lions W 60-36
PIFL Cup I Richmond Raiders W 60-56

2013 season

Albany returned to the PIFL for its second season. Winners of two straight championships, the Panthers looked to make it three in a row after many of the players who had committed to retire un-retired. The Panthers started the season with three straight wins, were the last unbeaten team in the league, and appeared to be on their way to continuing their dominance. The season quickly turned awry however, after the Panthers lost three straight road games to even their record at 3-3. The Panthers would finish the year winning four of the last six games. However, during that time they would have their 15-game home win streak snapped and lose franchise player and indoor veteran Antwone Savage to a career-ending leg injury. The Panthers finished the 2013 season at 7-5, and after losing the three-way tiebreaker, would qualify for the playoffs as the #4 seed. Albany would travel to Huntsville, Alabama for a rare Monday night game against the Alabama Hammers. The Panthers fell to the Hammers 61-46, losing just their second playoff game and ending their playoff win streak at five games.

2013 Schedule

Opponent Final Score Record
@Louisiana Swashbucklers W 51-40 (1-0)
Columbus Lions W 40-37 (2-0)
Alabama Hammers W 64-51 (3-0)
@Knoxville Nighthawks L 31-28 (3-1)
@Alabama Hammers L 51-38 (3-2)
@Richmond Raiders L 51-49 (3-3)
Louisiana Swashbucklers W 45-42 (4-3)
@Lehigh Valley Steelhawks L 49-47 (4-4)
Richmond Raiders W 69-63(3OT) (5-4)
@Columbus Lions W 35-15 (6-4)
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks L 53-49 (6-5)
Columbus Lions W 59-35 (7-5)
Playoffs Final Score
Semi-Final Alabama Hammers L 61-46


Current roster

Albany Panthers roster
Quarterbacks


Running Backs


Wide Receivers

  • Antwontis Cutts
  • John Harris
  • Johnny Lester
Offensive Linemen
  • Deandre Williams
  • Demetrice Jackson
  • Aaron Wheeler


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

  • Larry Edwards
Defensive Backs
  • Demetrie McCray
  • Corey Rue

Kickers

  • Ryan Gates
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
http://proifl.com/panthers.html
0 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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At Home

In their three years of existence, the Albany Panthers have established themselves as a dominant home team. Having lost just three home games has helped the Panthers generate an average attendance of 5,286 in three seasons. Their current record at home including the playoffs is 25-3. From 2011 to 2013, the Panthers embarked on a 15-game home winning streak, including the playoffs. On June 15, 2013, the streak was snapped by the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, 53-49. The loss was also the franchises first in their all black home uniforms, which were introduced at the start of the 2011 season.

Columbus Lions Rivalry

Being only 90 miles apart, its only natural for the Panthers and Lions to dislike one another. In fact, the rivalry has become so heated that there has even been an altercation between a coach and a fan. The games between these two teams are almost always tight, down-to-the-wire affairs. The rivalry became even more heated in 2012, with two of the Lions biggest names defecting to Albany.[6] The Lions are one of only two teams to ever beat Albany at home during the regular season, However, the Panthers currently lead the series 8-4.

The Panthers also have a band, The Albany Panthers Marching Show Band, which is made up of Albany-Area high school and college students. The band performs during pre-game, halftime, and post-game, as well during the game itself, primarily in response to key plays and scores.

Season-by-season

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Albany Panthers (SIFL)
2010 8 4 0 1st League Lost Semifinals (Louisiana)
2011 10 2 0 2nd EC South Won EC Round 1 (Erie)
Won EC Championship (@Columbus)
Won SIFL Championship (Louisiana)
Albany Panthers (PIFL)
2012 10 2 0 1st League Won semi-final (Columbus)

Won PIFL Cup I (Richmond)

2013 7 5 0 4th league Lost semi-final (Alabama)
Totals 40 15 0 (including playoffs)

References

External links

  • Official Site
  • Panthers' 2011 Stats
  • http://www.proifl.com/statistics.html
  • http://indoorfootballboard.proboards.com/index.cgi

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