Pack Offense Struggles, Defense Shines

by Ryan Peterson

Lufkin's offense may have the upper hand in experience, but it was the defense that stepped up in Saturday's scrimmage with Beaumont West Brook.  Thanks to a defense that includes nine new starters, the Pack pulled away to win a three quarter scrimmage 35 to 14.

The game got off to sloppy start for both offenses.  West Brook's third play resulted in a Lufkin touchdown, after Darrius Terry scooped up a lateral pass off the ground and returned it for six.  The Lufkin offense also turned the ball over in the first half.  The Pack had five fumbles in the first half, losing three.

But the Pack defense buckled down allowing just one touchdown in the first half.  The defensive line looked impressive, giving Beaumont quarterbacks little time in the pocket.

The Lufkin offense looked out of sorts much of the day.  The Pack didn't pick up a first down until their sixth possession of the game.  Quarterback's Jeffrey Claybon and Jeremy Nobles each had their struggles.  Nobles did get the offense on the board in the second quarter with a beautiful 60 yard touchdown strike down the sideline to Eric Johnson.

Defensive turnovers helped setup two more touchdowns in the third quarter.  Lufkin will open the season Friday against Longview.