LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin may not be gunning for a perfect season, but the Panthers are on quite the roll heading into the final week having won three in a row. It's pretty simple for the Pack, they are back to having fun and playing solid football. The offense is creating big plays through the air, the running game is consistent, and the defense is wreaking havoc. During the three game win streak, the Panthers defense is allowing just over 14 points per game and is creating turnovers. Meanwhile quarterback Trey Cumbie and the offense hit on pass plays of over 50,60 and 90 yards in last Friday's win over Oak Ridge. The 90 and 67 yarder came off scrambles and both went to Terry Mark who is stepping up in Jamal Jeffrey's absence.
Cumbie says, "We work on that a lot and me and Terry have a lot of chemistry. Going back we are in the same grade and I'm glad to see Terry step up and make some plays that we will need in the playoffs." Head coach Todd Quick added, "As long as he is on and putting the ball where the receivers can catch the football, we have guys that can take it to the house. Anytime you can see something that you work on everyday in practice and they bring it to the field, it makes you feel like you are making some progress with what the kids are knowing."
Lufkin wraps up the regular season on the road at Conroe. Despite the outcome, the Panthers will play Atascacita in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday November 16th at 2 o'clock at Moorhead Stadium in Conroe.
Despite back to back loses, the Nacogdoches football team has a lot to be proud of. The Dragons are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and after an 0 and 10 campaign a season ago. The black and gold's goal back in the summer was to make the post-season, so they can say goal accomplished. Now Nacogdoches has to get back to playing solid football so it doesn't back into the playoffs. The Dragons two straight defeats have come against formidable opponents in Whitehouse and John Tyler, but those are the types of teams they will face in the playoffs. The Dragons are treating their regular season finale against Lindale like a must win to get some mojo back.
Center Alex Gavin says, "You don't want to limp into the post-season, you want to come in with some momentum, you just want to remember what it feels like to win again before you get into a win or go home situation." Jadarrius Ervin added, "Coach Reyes has stressed how important it is not to go into the playoffs at 0 and 3 and to try and get our momentum back." Reyes finished by saying,"I'm excited about the playoffs, I'm excited for our football team, its great for our community, its great for our high school because its been a while."
The Dragons will play Mansfield Summit or Mansfield Legacy in the first round of the playoffs.