LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers will have a tough game Friday night under the lights when they will have to tackle down the John Tyler Lions.
The Lions are currently undefeated in the district with a perfect 2-0 record after beating Lindale last week 52-13. The Lions are certainly a team that know how to put points on the board, but also have the defensive unit that's able to hold teams.
The Panthers are coming off a dramatic win over Whitehouse last week where they won 52-45.
Senior Steven Sowell has been key for the Panthers' running game. He's run for more than 100 yards in each of the team's first five games and is the team leader with 10 touchdowns.
"We're going to have to keep opening holes for him (Sowell) and make the safeties and linebackers step up to open up some passing lanes," said senior offensive linemen Eric McCoy.
"We got to keep doing the same thing. I hope the linemen get a good push. For as good as they've been doing so far, I just need to do the same thing I've been doing throughout the year," said senior running back Steven Sowell.
It's a game where a battle between both lines is expected.
"We already know it's going to be a war as soon as we step on the field. It's a battle in the trenches. They got two very good defensive tackles and two very good defensive ends, so we expect that we're going to have to play to win," said McCoy.
The Lufkin Panthers will be traveling to Rose Stadium in Tyler Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against the Lions.
"It's going to be big. It's going to be loud. We're just going to have to block all the noise out, and just come on with it," said Sowell.