LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers were the last area high school team to start practice as they took to the field on Monday. Lufkin took extra time in spring practice so they start a week later in the fall, but the Pack are finally back at work.
Taking the field in those familiar purple helmets, the Panthers were in shorts and helmets due to UIL mandate. Even though it is the first practice back, and Lufkin will not strap on the pads until Friday, coach Todd Quick made it clear that they will make every practice count.
"They'll be keeping score here pretty quick," said coach Quick. "You do have to emphasize to the boys that we are about to be playing games. We are not rushed, but they have to understand that the season is on us, and we have to get ready."
Lufkin chose to have 4 weeks of work in the spring, rather than the extra week in the fall. Quick says that the work they put in months ago is paying off now.
"I'm excited about the way we started today, because it looks like we just picked up where we left off in the spring," said Quick. "We are just jumping right back into the routine of it all."
Countdown to our first KTRE Friday Night Madness high school football show is down to just 17 days. We will be continuing to check in with the Panthers as they lead up to their first game against John Tyler on August 31st.