LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers will have their hands full come Friday night when they will have to take on the district leader, Ennis.
The Lions are currently undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record in the district.
The Panthers enter Friday's game 2-2, and because of Nacogdoches' shocking loss to Jacksonville, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Corsicana are all tied at third in the district standings.
Ennis has been a clear power house in this district, but a big advantage the Panthers see in this game is not having to drive the Lions way. Rather, the Lions will have to trek the over two and a half hour drive to Abe Martin Stadium and play in front of the Pack.
"It's a huge advantage for us not having to make that long drive to Ennis. We want to be at home, that's where we play best at, and we're glad we get to play at home," said senior wide receiver Keke Coutee. "We're coming in with a lot of intensity. We're ready for the game Friday. It's going to be two great teams playing Friday night. They're a great team, we're a great team, and hopefully we'll come out with the win Friday night."
The Panthers said even the community has been buzzing about having the home-field advantage for the biggest game in district play.
"People have a lot more energy going into this game, there's a lot more hype," said senior wide receiver Terry Mark. "People are saying we got the home-field advantage so we might as well use the best of it while we can."