LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It wasn't something the Panthers planned, but they ended up getting some extra and much needed rest before their upcoming game against Corsicana.
Lufkin took a second place standing in district 16-5A last week by picking tails over heads in a coin toss to decide the winner of their game against Ennis.
With the flood-like conditions last Friday, it took Lufkin six hours to get to Ennis. Their band, cheerleaders and drill team members had to turn back home after they ran into flooding on I-45. Lufkin's trainers, with tape and water, couldn't make the full trip leaving the Panthers with no supplies for their game, and because of the strains that come with rescheduling they put their fate in the coin.
"I never want to do that again, ever. You never want to take it out your kid's hands but we couldn't play Friday night. If we started we'd have to start over again and you never want to show your hand," said Lufkin head coach Todd Quick.
While leaving your fate to a 50/50 chance is risky, it ultimately paid off for the Panthers in more than one way.
"We had two starters out defensively and one starter out offensively that needed some rest so we're taking this as a plus. Those guys look good coming out now and being able to get them 100 percent well before our next game is a big, big advantage for us." said Quick.
The weather has continued to wreck havoc on games all across East Texas, including Lufkin's. The Panthers will host Corsicana on Saturday at Abe Martin Stadium starting at 2 p.m. For a list of other rescheduled games in East Texas, click here for the latest updates.