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Panthers rally falls short at Lafayette

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email 

LAFAYETTE, LA (WALB) -  The Albany Panthers will have to wait until next week to clinch the top seed in the SIFL playoffs.

The Panthers falls to Lafayette 48-46 Saturday night at the CajunDome.

The Panthers trailed by a touchdown 29-22 at halftime.

The Wildcatters converted a Cecil Lester interception early in the third quarter into a touchdown.

Lafayette then got a safety on pressure on Lester that resulted in a penalty in the endzone.

The Wildcatters built a 17 point lead but Lester touchdown passes to Antwone Savage and Clenton Rafe and a safety by the Panthers defense cut the lead to 41-40.

Juan Bongorra missed the chance to tie the game on ensuing kickoff which was returned to Panther territory.

Lafayette scored a touchdown to run their lead to 48-40.

Cecil Lester threw his sixth touchdown pass of the game with :13 left but the Panthers two point try failed.

Albany (7-2) is back in on the road next week at Greenville.

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