A road playoff game would be a problem for most teams. In 2001, Lufkin wasn’t any normal team. Playing at Dallas Carter in the playoff opener, the Panthers reeled off the first 35 points of the game and the defense didn’t allow a score until the final two minutes of a 35-16 victory.
Lufkin’s top three offensive playmakers of the 2001 playoffs, Reggie McNeal, Jeremie Berry and Quentin Holman, were at it again. McNeal threw for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Berry had two catches for 92 yards and Holman had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Lufkin set the tone of the game early on when McNeal had a long run to set up a Terry Williams’ two-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. Stephen Coker booted field goals of 32 and 39 yards to up the margin to 13-0 after a quarter.
The Panthers then ended all doubt in the second quarter. An avalanche of points started when Lufkin executed the flea flicker with McNeal hitting a wide open Holman for a 65-yard score and a 20-0 lead. McNeal scored on a three-yard touchdown run then Vincent Watts ran in the two-point conversion to make it 28-0. The Panthers rounded out their scoring even before the half with Mott catching a nice 48-yard touchdown pass that made it 35-0.
With Lufkin’s backups in the game, the score stayed there until the remaining minutes when Dallas Carter scored on a short run, then recovered an onside kick before scoring another touchdown to make the score a respectable 35-16. With the win, Lufkin moved to 10-1 on the season and advanced to the area round of the playoffs where it would meet Plano.