Kendrick Mapp Turns in Another Huge Performance in Lufkin’s Win Over Rival Nacogdoches [VIDEO]
LUFKIN — Kendrick Mapp rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns as the Lufkin Panthers cruised to a 45-7 victory over the Nacogdoches Dragons Friday night at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium.
While many games in East Texas were either delayed or postponed by weather on Friday night, Lufkin and Nacogdoches gave it a go as the rain poured down throughout the game.
After stopping the Dragons on the opening drive of the game, the Panthers needed just two plays to score — a 40-yard run by Mapp followed by a 3-yard touchdown run by Mapp.
It was Mapp's second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance in his second game as a Panther. Mapp moved to Lufkin from Florida and was cleared by the UIL last week, a few days before the Panthers' 41-31 win over Tyler Lee.
Tyler Stubblefield made it 14-0 Lufkin with a 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
Mapp scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 52-yard scamper to make it 21-0. The Panthers got their only passing touchdown of the night late in the half when backup Trey Cumbie found sophomore Keke Coutee for a 10-yard completion.
Cumbie was 11-of-16 for 137 yards.
Lufkin (2-1) added to their lead in the third quarter with an 18-yard run by Stubblefield and a 4-yard run by Jamal Jeffery to make it 42-0.
Nacogdoches, which had success moving the football despite being held scoreless in the first three quarters, got on the board in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run by Shawn Smith.
The sophomore rushed for 72 yards on six carries for the Dragons, who had 110 rushing yards in the contest. Nacogdoches also had 197 passing yards — 93 by senior Patrick Ledet and another 104 from sophomore Hunter McClellan.
Lufkin used a 40-yard pass from Cumbie to Kyler Henson on fourth down in the final minutes of the game to set up a 20-yard field from Luis Garcia to round out the scoring.
SMU-bound JaBryce Taylor had six catches for 90 yards for the Panthers. Defensive end Demontrai Lewis put pressure on Nacogdoches all night with several tackles and a forced fumble.
Nacogdoches (0-2) will host Carthage next week, while Lufkin will host Longview.