Panther seniors prepare for the annual powder puff football game

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Are you ready for some football? No it's not time for full padded men to compete, it's the ladies turn. The Lufkin Panthers will play their annual Pink vs. Blue powder puff football game on Thursday, but Tuesday night it was time for one last practice.

Pack senior players will get one last chance to be in front of a crowd at Abe Martin stadium, but they will be the coaches. Tuesday the Pink team coaches taught the girls everything from route running to blocking techniques in preparation for the showdown. It's a rite of passage and a chance to gain bragging rights, but the girls say that their coaches can take themselves a little too serious sometimes.

"It's funny because they get so into it," said Pink team co-Capitan Kaitlyn Cook. "They think it is the NFL, like the super bowl."

"They are more excited than we are," said co-Capitan Katie Philp. "They scream at us, 'you have to get the ball, we have to win,' and we are like we just want to have fun.

But the boys say it is just fun to pass along what they have learned and be a part of one last game with Panther teammates.

"It's fun to turn the tables going from player to coach," said senior Tyler Wright. "I have to tone it down a little bit, but it is good fun for the girls to get to know what we went through, and it's good for us to get a little bit of closure from the season."

The annual game kicks off at 5:30pm on Thursday at Abe Martin stadium. All proceeds go towards Lufkin High School's Project Celebration.

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