Panthers football squad looking to improve on 4-1 start

Ana Molina, Reyna Jacobo, Angel Padilla and Victor Solis, Lufkin High School Panther Growls staff members

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The Lufkin Panthers football team has won four games in a row, including its first two district games. (Photo by VICTOR SOLIS/Lufkin High School Panther Growls)

The Lufkin Panthers varsity football team has won its last four games, including its first two district contests.

The (4-1) Pack will play district rival College Station at 7:30 p.m. Friday on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium.

Head Coach Todd Quick said the team has been working to get all its players ready for every Friday night.

“That have to work to improve every day,” he said. “All the backups are playing, and they are ready to go along with the starters.”

Senior safety Jerrin “Bugg” Thompson is the team’s defensive leader, and senior receiver Ja’Lynn Polk and junior quarterback Jordan Moore are the team’s offensive leaders.

“They are setting a good example for the rest of the team,” Quick said.

The coaches are satisfied with how the Panthers have played to this point, Quick said, but they feel like they can get better by focusing on improving every week.

Lufkin started its season with a 24-21 loss to state-ranked Longview before beating Nacogdoches 44-0, the Redskins del Estado 67-7, Willis 42-13 on Lufkin’s homecoming night, and Magnolia 24-18 in a road game this past Friday night.