LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - We got some time left to wait out until the high school football season is upon us, but for now 7 on 7 football will have to do.
For the Lufkin Panthers, that's just fine. 7 on 7 is helping answer those looming questions as to who will be the freshest batch coming in to fill in the holes left behind.
The Lufkin Panthers graduated a lot of offensive power between quarterback Trey Cumbie, and receivers Keke Coutee and Terry Mark. The time to prepare for fall is now with the 7 on 7 Lufkin team heading to the State Tournament.
"I don't really feel any pressure. I feel like I'm just going to play my own game and we will step up to the challenge," said Savon Fields.
Fields is looking to step up in the receiver role for Lufkin, and has utilized 7 on 7 to build that chemistry with his quarterback Kordell Rodgers. The junior was the back-up last year but played more in the secondary.
"It's a hard process to go through but I'm just taking it step-by-step. I'm trying to learn more every day," said Rodgers.
"The connection between the team has really gotten strong and I feel like it's going to carry into the season," said Fields.
Before the season, there's a pit-stop in this state tournament and the Pack will be laying it all on the line to win.
"I'm very excited. I finally got my opportunity to show skills. I'm ready," said Rodgers. "It's going to be a difficult time but me and my team, we look to do that job and get it done."
Crockett and Diboll will be competing in the Division II bracket for the 7 on 7 State Football Tournament starting Thursday. Lufkin is in the Division I bracket which will start Friday.
The 7 on 7 State Tournament will be held at the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station.