The first three weeks of the season provided a little bit of everything for the Panthers as they continued their rivalries against long-time East Texas opponents.
This past Friday, the Panthers got somewhat of a breather when they played host to the Monterrey Prepa Tec Borregos. Going against an overmatched squad, Lufkin handled its business in a 47-7 rout.
The Panthers’ offense was able to move the ball both methodically and via the big play in scoring 47 points in a 22-minute span.
The defense was equally impressive in holding Monterrey under 200 total yards and the special teams also came up with some big plays.
That was capped off by Lufkin being able to avoid the injury bug while getting several players some quality playing time in the fourth quarter.
With three tough tests under their belts and the district opener a week away, Lufkin avoided a letdown while also not looking ahead to the district slate.
Next up for the Panthers is a trip to take on College Park before back-to-back games against The Woodlands and Beaumont West Brook. Those games will go a long way in determining the Panthers’ playoff picture.
Here is a look back at Friday’s win.
Offense: In his fourth game as a starter, QB Kewone Thomas had his most complete game with the Panthers as he threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-14 passing.
He was able to spread the ball around to his talented group of receivers with Breylon Garcia making three catches for 106 yards and a touchdown and Ja’Lynn Polk making two receptions for 79 yards.
Isaiah Phillips added three touchdowns on the ground despite sitting out almost the entire second half.
While the competition will get tougher in the upcoming weeks, it was a good showing for Lufkin in running its winning streak to three games.
Defense: Monterrey entered Friday’s game after dismantling Uvalde, 44-15, in its first game of the year. However, Lufkin never let that offense get going on Friday night.
The Panthers pushed the Borregos backwards on their first series of the game and never gave them a chance in what ultimately fell just short of a shutout.
Monterrey finished the night with 162 passing yards, although it had to air it out 43 times to reach that total. In addition, Monterrey was held to a total of 35 yards on 14 carries.
Monterrey’s only touchdown of the night came with 3:11 left after a Panthers’ turnover deep inside its own territory.
Special teams: Malik Jackson once again showed the spark he can provide in the kicking game as he just missed on touchdowns both in the punt and kickoff return game.
He had a 40-yard punt return early in the game then just missed on a 108-yard kickoff return due to a block in the back just before he crossed the goal line.
In addition, Rodrigo Molina was good on his five extra point tries.
The lone negatives came in the punt game where Lufkin had a 21-yard punt and another that was tipped.