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Panthers to celebrate second straight title with parade

The Panthers had plenty to celebrate after beating Richmond in Saturday’s inaugural PIFL championship game at the Albany Civic Center. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

The Panthers had plenty to celebrate after beating Richmond in Saturday’s inaugural PIFL championship game at the Albany Civic Center. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

ALBANY — The confetti fell from the rafters and the champagne rained down after the Albany Panthers won Saturday’s Professional Indoor Football League title.

Panthers GM Will Carter is still waiting for it all to hit him.

“I’m still soaking it in; it still hasn’t hit me yet,” Carter said. “It’s surreal. I envisioned us being successful and winning a championship, but winning two championships in two years is amazing.”

Carter and the rest of the Panthers will continue their celebration today during a championship parade starting at 5 p.m. at the corner of Pine Ave., and Washington St.

The Panthers will be celebrating their 60-56 victory against the Richmond Raiders in the inaugural PIFL championship game, which came one year after Albany cruised to a title in the now-defunct Southern Indoor Football League.

The parade, which will be similar to the one the Panthers had after last year’s title, will end on Front St. in front of the amphitheater.

“We had a lot of fans come out and support us last year, and hopefully they will be out there again (today),” Carter said. “This is a celebration not just for us, but for the city of Albany and the surrounding counties. It’s a credit to everybody’s hard work all season and the fans cheering us on.

“It’s a time for fans to come out and take pictures with their favorite players and then enjoy the festivities and fireworks.”

Most of the core players of the team will be present for the parade, including quarterback Cecil Lester, star wideout and former Westover star Antwone Savage and former Americus-Sumter star Antwon Cutts — the MVP of the championship game.