LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As the high school playoffs roll along, and the Lufkin Panthers continue to win and advance, superstitions around the team are growing.
Growing is the key word because one of the more obvious superstitions is Quarterback Tyler Stubblefield's hair. 'The Mop,' as Stubblefield calls it, has continued to grow throughout the year and will not get cut until the football season ends.
"I cant cut my hair because I am so superstitious," said Stubblefield. "We just have to keep everything going and not switch things up. I am a big superstitious guy and I don't like to switch things up at all."
Stubblefield, who accounted for eight touchdowns in Lufkin's previous playoff win, also admitted a few pieces of his uniform haven't been washed in a while in order to keep the streak alive.
Head coach Todd Quick says he is welcoming to anything that helps the team continue to believe they can win. Even if it isn't very hygienic.
"You don't mess with a win streak," said Quick. "There are a lot of people who have different things that they do. We have coaches that are even saying they haven't showered in quite some time. They like what is going on and they want it to continue."
If they really aren't showering, here's hoping for those around them the staff are at least wearing deodorant.
Lufkin will face Plano West in the third round Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.