FLASHBACK: Lufkin’s Defense Turns Away Marshall

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The 2001 version of the Marshall Mavericks had an offense that was among the best in the district, but it was still no match for Lufkin’s dominating defense. Lufkin held Marshall to a total of 203 yards, including just a field goal over the game’s first 40 minutes, to stymie the Mavericks in a 29-9 victory. While Lufkin’s defense stole the show, it was another strong effort from Reggie McNeal that eventually led to another Panthers’ win. McNeal threw for 175 yards on 8-of-15 passing while Terry Williams did the work in the ground game, running for 111 yards on 14 carries. The Panthers’ defense put them on the board in the opening minutes when Jack Reggie sacked Marshall QB Austin Christmas in the end zone for a sack and an early 2-0 lead.

Marshall momentarily took the lead midway through the second quarter when Adam Williams connected on a 25-yard field goal for a 3-2 advantage. However, the Panthers took the lead for good when Jeremie Berry caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from McNeal. Even after the two-point run failed, the Pack held an 8-3 advantage at the break. The Panthers’ offense finally got rolling in the second half with McNeal scoring on a one-yard run for a 15-3 lead. Williams then broke free for a 27-yard run, putting the Pack on top 22-3. The Panthers rounded out their scoring on the first play of the fourth quarter when McNeal found Quentin Holman for a 37-yard score, making it 29-3. A late touchdown by Marshall made things look a little better on the scoreboard for the home team, but didn’t deter the Pack from another win. Lufkin improved to 6-1 on the season and 2-0 in district action with the win.

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