The Lufkin Panthers returned to practice Monday, just three days after their first regular season loss since a 2003 loss to Tyler Lee. How would the Pack react?
"We're still not as good as we're capable of being. I'm proud that down 28 to nothing we had no reason to play and the kids fought back," said head coach John Outlaw.
Senior Christian Hillard added, "I don't think we're really disappointed, we're just trying to capitalize on what we did wrong, to improve on. They were a good team, but didn't execute at the right time and make big plays."
The Pack has turned it over 17 times this season, including the three turnovers they committed in last week's 31-24 loss to Longview. Lufkin was behind by as much as 28 before storming back, only to fall short.
Lufkin looks to put their most recent setback behind them, by starting district play this week when the host College Park. College Park, in only their third season of existence, has put together a perfect 5-0 start to being the year.
At Monday's practice, running back Christian Hillard was held out with an ankle sprain. His status for the game on Friday is questionable.
Lufkin did get a nice return to the practice field with running back Will Christopherson returning to workouts. If Hillard can't go on Friday, expect Tre'von Lewis and Christopherson to shoulder the load in the backfield.
Kickoff against the Cavaliers is set for 7:30 p.m. from Abe Martin Stadium.