With plenty of eyes on the highly touted Parkway prospects on display at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium, the Lufkin Panthers’ offensive stars showed they wouldn’t take a backseat to anybody.
While the teams matched touchdowns for three quarters, Parkway couldn’t find a way to stop an explosive Lufkin offense that racked up more than 600 yards.
Lufkin’s Kahlil Brown set a Battle on the Border record with 235 yards to go along with three touchdowns.
Kordell Rodgers threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-36 passing and Dhailon Phillips added eight catches for 169 yards and two scores.
Although the final ended up as a 15-point win for Parkway, Lufkin was within a two-point conversion of tying it up early in the fourth quarter.
“We really clicked on offense last week,” Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said. “It’s important that we keep that up and get better. It was one of those games where they knew they had to keep scoring, and for the most part they did.”
While the offense was unstoppable, Lufkin’s defense had a tough time keeping up with the high-powered Parkway offense, which features Terrace Marshall, the top-rated receiving prospect in the 2018 class, along with highly-recruited QB Justin Rogers.
Quick said that while he would have liked a better performance, the performance wasn’t based on a lack of effort.
“It was mainly a matter of kids trying to do too much, and that can open some big holes in a defense,” Quick said.
“The players just need to settle down, do their job and have confidence that the other guys will do their jobs. We have to have 11 guys working together. Saturday wasn’t about scheme and it wasn’t about effort.”
Quick said that game should help Lufkin when it sees explosive offenses in potential playoff games.
“We’re going to see teams that have good players,” Quick said. “We have to be able to handle it.”
It was also Lufkin’s third straight loss in the Battle on the Border. The Panthers fell to John Curtis in 2014 and West Monroe in 2015.
“You tell yourself that going there and playing by their rules won’t make that much of a difference, but apparently it does,” Quick said. “In no way did officiating cost us the game though. We have to be able to overcome that. We have to put that one behind us and get ready for Friday so we can get some momentum headed into district.”