LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin and College Station will meet up Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium for a game that has big 8-5A district championship implications.
The No.5 Panthers beat the Cougars last year on the road 35-3.
"We had a plan in that game and we were always on the same page. That is what made it so fun. We have to come back with that same mentality that we had last year.
So far this year both teams are 4-1 and then 2-0 in district play. The only other team undefeated in district play with the Panthers and Cougars is the Magnolia West Mustangs. The Mustangs will be playing Caney Creek, a game they should win. If that plays out then by the end of the night Friday the three way tie-for first would then be a two-way tie.
Lufkin is not too worried about that. Their concern is on the game this week.
"This is just another game to us," safety Bugg Thompson said. "It is just another team in our way to our goal."
The Pack also knows it will be a tough game Friday night against College Station.
"The way we did them last year, they feel disrespect and are going to come with it," Thompson said. "We are going to come with it too and do them like we did last year."
"They are approaching it the way we are," Lufkin Coach Todd Quick said. "They are still viewing this as the game of the state. It is a big game for us. It is a big game for them."
On the other side College Station is getting ready for one of their toughest opponents.
“Speed is the main concern,” Cougars Head Coach Steve Huff said. “All eleven guys on defense can run to the ball. On offense it is the same thing. They can strike deep quick and they can hand it off and hit you up the guts so we will have to control their speed.”
Kickoff between the two teams is set for 7:30 pm.