Did you really expect anything less from the Lufkin offense on Friday night? Yeah quarterback Trey Cumbie made the first start of his career, but he handled the situation well and led his team to a 52 to 28 victory over then 10th ranked john Tyler. There were a lot of positives in the Panthers win, but there are also some things that need to be cleaned up.
Lets be honest, the first quarter didn't look good for Lufkin as the defense gave up over 200 yards and 21 points. But then the unit settled down, allowing the offense to get the Pack back in the game. Aside from giving up three big plays, one on 3rd and long, the purple and white defense played outstanding, but...
Coach Todd Quick says, "Those are the ones that stick out in the your mind, the situations, the long yardage and giving that up and that's the why coaches are, you will have you know 55 snaps and 52 of them you are pretty pleased with but those 3 are the first ones you cover on the film."
After the first frame, Lufkin dominated JT, giving up just over 140 yards the rest of the game, showing what they are capable of.
Defensive Tackle Dayrien Driver says, "I feel like our defense can take us a long way in our football season this year and I feel like we can dominate a lot of teams with our defense and we can help our offense get the ball more and score."
Scoring and producing points is what the Panthers offense is all about. All Cumbie did in his debut was throw for over 220 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Dominick Hall says"Everybody thought they trey had some big shoes to fill but all I can say is trey has big feet too." Quick added, "He made the reads and made the plays, I mean he had a couple of mistakes but overall he gave us an opportunity to win the football game and got the ball in the players hands."
Finding a rhythm is key in a spread offense, and especially for the quarterback. With a three headed monster at wide receiver, a dynamic running back, and a veteran offensive line, the sky is limit for the panther offense.
Hall says,"Its all about our quarterback, when our quarterback gets going then its hard to stop him,. he really is running everything." Quick added,"Also add the fact that we can tempo which does not allow them to substitute, you can get the personnel you want on the field and then you tempo them so there is a lot of different things we can do, there are a lot of different areas we can attack, we just have to stay healthy."
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