LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's time to lace up the cleats for an early start to the football season. Lufkin has qualified for the 7on7 state tournament.
This time last year, the Panthers had new faces looking to work on their offensive chemistry. However, this year is full of returners who are looking to win it all.
With the district realignments set to start this upcoming season, Lufkin's new district foes The Woodlands and West Brook have also qualified for this state tournament, giving the Panthers a chance to scout their soon-to-be competition.
"We know The Woodlands. We know they usually come out pretty strong every year. We don't know that much about West Brook," said senior receiver Dhailon Phillips. "We'll definitely be looking at both of them to see what they're going to bring to the table. We'll see what their pass game is going to be like, what their defense is like and we'll also see how we stack up against them."
"Since we're moving up to 6A, hopefully we get to face them to see what they have going into the season. But we're ready for anyone to step in front of us. We're just ready to compete," said senior quarterback Kordell Rogers.
The 7on7 state tournament will be held in College Station July 8, 9. Lufkin with be in the Division I bracket in Pool F with Belton, Clear Brook and Lancaster.