LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin making it to the playoffs is nothing new, but here's a curveball- they're finally not playing Longview in the first round. It's the first time in two years the Panthers won't be taking on the Lobos. Instead, they're set to play the John Tyler Lions.
John Tyler has lost just one game this year and enter as the No. 1 seed. Lufkin enters with a 7-3 record.
This game will bring together two East Texas powerhouses that are quite familiar with each other.
Lufkin and John Tyler were in the same district the previous two years. The Panthers fell short to the Lions in their last two meetings but only by a combined five points.
Lufkin said they know what to anticipate because it's always a fight with John Tyler.
"We have to get mentally prepared because physically we're ready. We're ready for anybody, but we have to get in our mental state and right minds," said Lufkin running back Kahlil Brown.
"These kids get up every day. They fight to survive and fight to get things. Nothing's handed to them. Whatever they get, they get. They have the same kids we do," said Lufkin head coach Todd Quick. "They get up and nothing's easy so competing and fighting against people and working is not something they don't know how to do. They know how to do that."
The game will be at Tyler Rose Stadium Friday night starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Lufkin High School ticket office will be selling playoff tickets. Their schedule is listed below:
Wednesday 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-Noon.