LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers are entering what they said is a must-win game for themselves come Friday night.
The Panthers will be traveling to Lindale to tackle down the Eagles.
Looking on paper, Lufkin is clearly the favorite. Picked to finish seventh in the district, the Eagles look like they will do just that, but the Panthers don't plan on going into this game over looking Lindale.
"There's no different levels. Every time we start a game it's 0-0 and you got to take care of your business, you got to take care of the football and make plays defensively," said head coach Todd Quick. "I don't think there is an easy one or a hard one. I think they're all the same and we have to take care of the Lufkin Panthers."
The Panthers are fighting to keep high spirits after their tough loss last week to John Tyler, after losing with just seconds left to play from a Lion field goal. That tallied as the Panthers second loss in the district and they're now looking for an upswing to clinch a playoff spot.
"Pretty much every game now should be a must-win. We need to go out, take care of business, beat Lindale, and get back in the race to secure that playoff spot," said senior quarterback Trey Cumbie.
"I think every one of them is a must-win for us right now. That's the approach that we're taking," said Quick.