LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Commonly known as the "District of Doom" the Lufkin Panthers are getting a fantastic start at 2-0.
What's even more impressive is how unbreakable the Pack's defense has been.
While the Panthers have always had no problem putting points on the board, their defense has told a different story in recent years. That defense though is seeing a turn-around. It's also helped this year having a defensive line filled completely with seniors.
In their two district games, Lufkin shut out Nacogdoches, and limited Whitehouse to just a field goal. Last year, the Panthers allowed both teams collectively to tab up 80 points on them.
"We got the personnel. We got some young kids, they're flying around and playing hard. Then we have some older kids who have been in the system and are playing hard," said head coach Todd Quick. "The effort has really been good. Our fits have been messed up a little bit early in the season, just getting use to the person they're playing beside and knowing where they're going to be. They're about to figure it out. We're covering every gap now but I think the number one thing is effort and the kids are trying to get to the football."
"It feels great. It feels great that we're finally stepping up and finishing it for the offense," said nose guard Karl Chatman.
Before Whitehouse played Lufkin, the Wildcats were averaging 42 points and 489 yards a game. Last Friday the Pack limited Whitehouse to 285 yards for no touchdowns.
Panthers are now switching gears preparing for John Tyler this Friday at home. The Lions are also 2-0 in district, coming off a 30-20 win over Lindale.