Lufkin focused on much-needed defensive improvements

Lufkin focused on much-needed defensive improvements

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Imagine scoring 63 points in a football game and it's still not good enough to win.

That unfortunately is the tough reality Lufkin had to embrace last Friday night against Beaumont West Brook, as the Panthers suffered their second loss in district. Lufkin went down 70-63.

In a game in which 19 touchdowns were made, you have to wonder where the defense is.

The offense clearly stepped up and the Panthers scored on all but five drives last week.

"It proved that we can score when we need to and that we have very good chemistry with each other. We can put up some points against anybody," said receiver Dhailon Phillips.

Head Coach Todd Quick said the week before, that the team needed to work on their tackling as they're there to make the play but can't get the job done.

We've gone through two games now where the offense has scored a combined 105 points, but the defense allowed 133 points to let the games slip away.

"They hurt us on the very edge and we got to be able to post the corner to make the ball cut up instead of circling around us. We've done some things different in terms of the secondary and how we're going to line up in the front to take care of that," said Quick.

Where it's easy to fall down a slippery slope of pointing the finger, that's the last thing this team is doing.

"We have to bring them up. We can't take them down like that because if we take them down like that, they take themselves out the game mentally and we don't need that," said receiver Jemel Richemond. "We need our defense to be there for us because we're always there for them."

Lufkin hits the road for Oak Ridge next with a 1-2 district record. The War Eagles are 2-2.

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