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The Alabama Hammers headed to South Georgia looking to up end the Professional Indoor Football League's only undefeated team.
It didn't happen against the Albany Panthers as the Hammers fell 62-53 before 5,220 fans at Phoebe Field.
The Hammers dropped to 2-4 while Albany remained a perfect 6-0.
The Panthers led 34-28 at halftime before Alabama quarterback Arvell Nelson connected with Thomas Harris on a 30-yard score to put the Hammers back on top minutes into the third quarter. Albany answered that score and added a defensive stop on a fourth-and-goal try by Alabama late in the third.
Jamie Whitworth's field goal pulled the Hammers within 48-38 with just less than 13 minutes to play but Alabama's offense sputtered from there and the Panthers held on down the stretch.
Nelson threw for 246 yards and six touchdowns with three each going to Mico McSwain and Harris. Albany's Cecil Lester threw for 208 yards and three scores.
The Hammers trailed 10-0 early before Nelson hit Harris on a 10-yard scoring strike Whitworth's kick made it a three-point game with 4:40 left in the opening quarter. Harris struck again - this time a 7-yarder from Nelson - to give Alabama a 14-10 advantage heading to the second quarter.
Nelson's 3-yard scamper had the Hammers ahead by eight points midway through the third quarter before he hit McSwain on a 12-yard touchdown catch for a 28-27 lead with less than 16 seconds to go in the half.
Alabama travels to Knoxville next Saturday.