LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers are off to a 1-0 start to their 6A district season, but they're not dwelling on the past and have quickly gotten back to work. Their eyes are set on a contest that could potentially be a district title game against The Woodlands.
It's a rivalry Lufkin is well aware of as the old district foes are reuniting. It's also a game that's giving the Panther's something to prove.
The Highlanders were picked to finish first in their district with Lufkin slotted to finish second.
"We're not intimidated. We're not intimidated by anybody," said Lufkin running back Kahlil Brown. "I've been really looking forward to The Woodlands because we've all been preparing ourselves, not only just for The Woodlands, but a whole new district. I can see them being a little challenge, but not a big stepping stone for us."
This game is easily one of the most highly anticipated matchups of this district, and it's going to be a great challenge as The Woodlands have over 2,000 kids more than Lufkin.
"I feel like this is the game right here. I feel like this is what everybody's coming to watch. The Woodlands are a good team. We're a good team and very confident in ourselves going into this game. We know it will be a big game, but at the same time we just have to treat it like any other game," said receiver Dhailon Phillips.
The Highlanders are currently 4-0 but the Panthers will be their first district game.
Friday night's contest will be in The Woodlands starting at 7:30 p.m.