FLASHBACK: Ellison no match for Panthers

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In a season known for nailbiters, the Panthers got a breather when they returned home to face Killeen Ellison. After falling in a 7-0 hole early, Lufkin put up 42 unanswered points, including 39 in a span of 12:15, to overwhelm an overmatched Killeen Ellison squad.

Building off the momentum of a Top 10 win the week before, Lufkin used its playmakers to take control of the game as Quentin Holman caught a 69-yard touchdown pass and later threw for a 29-yarder. Reggie McNeal did his damage in the first half with 132 yards through the air and 58 on the ground. He added a pair of touchdown passes.

Meanwhile the defense held Killeen Ellison to 198 yards, one of six times in the regular season in which a Panthers’ opponent was held to fewer than 200 yards. Ellison got on the board first with the big play as Darnell Robinson hit Greg Brown for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Lufkin responded with an even bigger play 15 seconds later as Holman hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from McNeal.

That proved to be the beginning of an avalanche of points as Billy McKelvey scored on touchdown runs of three and five yards to give Lufkin a 21-7 lead. On the Pack’s next possession, Holman took a handoff from McNeal and hit Vincent Watts for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Terrance Parks got in on the scoring, catching a five-yard touchdown pass from McNeal then catching the two-point conversion on a pass from Watts on Lufkin’s “swinging gate” formation. Stephen Coker knocked through a 31-yard field goal just before the half to give the Pack a 39-7 lead. He also gave the Pack its last score of the night on a 32-yard field goal before Killeen Ellison added a touchdown late in the third quarter, making the final 42-14.

With the win, Lufkin improved to 3-1 on the season.

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