Even with four games left in the regular season, there may not be a more important one than when Lufkin hosts Beaumont West Brook on Friday night.
With Lufkin and West Brook both likely headed for the Division II playoffs, the winner of Friday’s game will have a leg up for the top seed. With that in mind, the Panthers know they can’t let a game slip through their hands when the Bruins visit John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium.
“This is an opportunity to get in front of them with a few games left in the season,” Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said. “We know there is plenty of work ahead after this one. But getting a win in this one puts you in a much better position for Week 11 if you can finish the regular season strong.”
Adding to the intrigue of Friday’s game is a 6A rule that gives the top seed in each division home field advantage in the first week of the playoffs.
If Lufkin wins the top seed in Division II, it would host a first-round playoff game, likely against Longview or John Tyler With that on the line, the stakes are even higher if Lufkin wants to avoid a trip to Tyler or Longview in mid-November.
“This is huge and the games just keep getting bigger each week,” Quick said. “This gives you the chance to host a playoff game if you can take care of your business in the final weeks.”
Kickoff for Friday night’s game in Lufkin is set for 7:30.