LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin has once again qualified for the 7on7 state tournament. This year the Pack have a lot of returners and many challenges ahead of them.
These upperclassmen are no strangers to the 7on7 state tournament. Last year they finished third in the consolation bracket, and that loss still stings for their Panther expectations.
"We're ready to go to College Station and compete in the state tournament. Last year we came up short winning third place in the consolation bracket and it just adds fuel to the fire," said senior quarterback Kordell Rodgers. "We really don't want to get third place anymore. We want to get first."
As the team has continued to train over the summer, they've also kept in mind the fact that they have been bumped up to 6A for the upcoming season. Their goal is to get as many reps in now before the real games begin.
"Moving up to 6A is a big step so the guys are really focused," said Rodgers. "This is a big jump going into the season in the fall. Some people aren't doing anything right now, not even playing 7on7. We're out here trying to get better as a team and build team chemistry."
The 7on7 State Tournament begins Friday, July 8 with the final round taking place Saturday, July 9. Lufkin will be in Pool F with Belton, Clear Brook and Lancaster.