LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers are currently 3-1 but the real season begins this week with their district opener against College Park.
"Getting to this point is just amazing because this is where it begins. All those games before, we tried with hard work and everything, but this is really where it counts. This is where we step it up even higher," said middle linebacker Ariel Olvera.
Coming off a victory against a football team from Mexico, the Panthers enter district with an offense that seems to be clicking. Lufkin is averaging over 45 points a game while allowing 32 against.
Lufkin has been picked to finish second in district while College Park is projected to finish dead last. The Cavaliers also have yet to win a game this year and while you can't underestimate anyone in district play, it's an ideal opponent to transition into district with.
"College Park is a good team to go against. They're sound. They're good at what they do. We're just trying to be better than we were last week. It all depends on what goes on and what happens," said offensive guard Samuel Weatherred.
"It's a ball control type of offense. They don't throw the ball down the field a whole lot, but they throw the ball underneath, they throw the option and they get that one-on-one matchup with the option," said head coach Todd Quick. "You have to play assignment football. It's not a keep away thing but it is a ball control type thing."
The district opener will be at home for Lufkin and another thing they got going for them is it's their homecoming. The district season officially begins at 7:30 Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium.