LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers are coming off on what they say is a much needed bye week. They've suffered a couple bumps and bruises that have now had their time to heal as they return to have a strong district finish.
"We talked about getting better and getting well, as opposed to having an off week. We didn't call it an off week. We felt like it was a chance for us to get better and finish out the district in the right way," said Lufkin head coach Todd Quick.
After suffering their first district loss against The Woodlands, the Pack are back.
Lufkin was able to put up 42 points against the Highlanders, but it was no match to the 63 they responded with.
However, through the losses come lessons learned the hard way. That's why the bye week has been nothing short of a break for Lufkin.
"I didn't think we tackled very well. For the past two weeks, we have changed what we're doing tackling wise. We've worked on it every day. We got a tackle circuit every day and that's been a main focus on what we do defensively because we're in a position to make a play, we just got to finish that play. That was the main thing we did defensively," said Quick. "Offensively, we just got to get back and keep the chemistry that we got going. We got to get the guys well that need to be well, and add to what we need to do offensively."
It's been two weeks since Lufkin has played back at Abe Martin Stadium. The Panthers will return home when they play West Brook on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.