LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers held their first spring practice of 2021 on Thursday and are looking to take a big step in improving the team following a 6-5 2020 season.
The Pack enter the spring with excitement to get back to work. This time last year, the student-athletes were being quarantined at home during the height of the pandemic.
“We are happy to be out of that weight room and happy to be out of that gym,” head coach Todd Quick said.
The Panthers 2020 season ended with the team missing out on a district title, the first time in three seasons. They also went into the winter with a lopsided loss to their rivals Longview. Add to all this the loss of all-time passing leader Jordan Moore, standout running back Caleb Berry, defensive beast Wilburn Smallwood plus a casts of other seniors and the holes are noticeable.
This is big with us having the ability to have spring ball and those 18 practices allowing us to answer those questions,” Quick said. “Some of those guys are going to be young guys again. Some of those were backups last year and we have to make sure those are the correct ones. Having it and being able to answer these questions before May is a huge deal. "
Lufkin will have a spring game mid May. The season will start in the fall with a home game against Tyler Legacy and then a road game in Nacogdoches before starting an eight-game district schedule.