The last time the Lufkin Panthers took the field, they were on the wrong end of a 63-42 score against The Woodlands Highlanders. While it was able to light up the scoreboard against the best defense it will likely see this season, Lufkin simply couldn’t slow down the Highlanders.
That loss was followed by the Panthers’ bye week, meaning they’ll have to wait 14 days to get back on the field when they host Beaumont West Brook on Friday night.
They are hoping they can unleash some frustrations when the teams clash in a key District 12-6A matchup.
“In baseball or basketball, you just have to live with it a day or two, then you get another chance,” Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said. “They had to sit with this one for two weeks to get their medicine. They’ll be ready to get back out there.”
While Lufkin’s bye week seems to be coming at an opportune time, Quick said the team is still hard at work. With a stretch run of four games that will determine Lufkin’s postseason fate, it knows it needs to improve in order to be serious contenders in November and December.
“We don’t call it an off week,” Quick said. “For us, it’s an open week. We have to get better. The guys have to approach this the right way, and I think they have.”
The Panthers were able to use the bye week to help some players recover from nagging injuries. Lufkin was missing several players on the defensive side in the loss to The Woodlands.
“The big thing is it gives us a little time to get some guys well,” Quick said. “A few guys have been playing hurt and this lets you cut down a little on the pounding.”
Another focus has been on the team getting back to basics instead of spending the majority of the week game planning for an opponent.
“You go back to square one,” Quick said. “It’s a chance at getting better at the fundamentals, the blocking and the tackling. We weren’t happy with the way we tackled against The Woodlands so we’ve had a big focus on that.”
Friday night’s game against Beaumont West Brook is set for 7:3o.