There is a time when running all the drills, taking all the hits, and doing all of it one more time finally pays off. Last night was the Panthers’ time as they edged out the College Park Cavaliers in a 40-7 home win.
Wide receivers KeKe Coutee and JaBryce Taylor along with running back Kendrick Mapp proved to be an unbeatable trifecta in Friday night’s showdown, a key win that kept Lufkin in play toward a spot in the district playoffs.
Tyler Stubblefield threw 18 times, completing 12 of those passes for a total of 287 yards. In the first quarter, Taylor ran a pass from Stubblefield for 80 yards, putting the first of four unanswered touchdowns on the board. Twenty seconds later, Kevin Moore recovered a Cavalier fumble and made it 14-0 with only 10:35 in the first quarter. Mapp carried twice across the goal line finishing a 28-0 lead.
In the second, it was Taylor again with a 99-yard run, securing Lufkin’s 34-0 lead. By the end of the first half, Lufkin led 34-7.
Special teams carried the second half with a 26-yard field goal from Luis Garcia in the third and, in the fourth, a penalty-plagued 22-yard field goal from Timmy Martinez.
With a home win under their belts as strong motivation, Lufkin takes their 5-2 season to Conroe with hopes of putting to flight the Oak Ridge War Eagles on Nov. 3, pitting their fast offense against the 1-7 team.
By Misty Boggs
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