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Albany Prepares To Open Playoffs

The Albany Lions ride a perfect 10-0 record into the postseason after picking up a win over Hamlin in the regular season finale.
The Albany Lions ride a perfect 10-0 record into the postseason after picking up a win over Hamlin in the regular season finale.

That win also came in the Lions closest game of the season, and proved to be a good test heading into the playoffs.

"Hamlin's got an outstanding football team, and to be able to go into their house and play the way we did. You know, we made some mistakes. We didn't play a great game, but we played with a lot of effort. To come out with a win when you go into their place, we felt pretty good about that," said head coach Denny Faith.

"It was really a tough game. It gave us the experience to be ready for the playoffs. So, we can be ready for the tough teams that we're going to face throughout this post season. I think we'll be ready for the playoffs," said Javier Rocha.

By winning that game, the Lions also received a bye in the bi-district round. That alowed them to heal up and work on some other details before the area round.

"You get ten weeks into the season, you've played two scrimmages and ten games, you've got some bumps and bruises. That extra week kind of gives you a chance to heal, rest up a little bit, and try and have some fresh legs," said Faith.

"The tempo was kind of slow because we were trying to work on our techniques to get better at everything, and get in shape to get ready for this next game. It's going to be a good game," said Rocha.

The Lions will open up their 2013 playoffs this Friday against McCamey at Colorado City at 7:30 p.m.

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