Kordell Rogers + Lufkin Light Up the Scoreboard in 58-17 Win Over College Park
[By Josh Havard, Special to ETSN.fm]
LUFKIN -- After four straight losses to start the season, the College Park Cavaliers headed to John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium looking for a fresh start. Instead all they found was an unstoppable Kordell Rodgers.
Lufkin's senior signal caller threw for 420 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns as the Panthers rolled to a 58-17 win over the Cavaliers on Friday night.
"I didn't realize his numbers were quite that good," Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said. "He read the defenses and our receivers made the catches."
Rodgers had plenty of help from the rest of the Lufkin playmakers as Malik Jackson made five catches for 167 yards and a pair of scores. Dhailon Phillips added seven receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Kahlil Brown did the work on the ground for Lufkin with 73 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with a receiving touchdown.
"We came out of the box good tonight," Quick said. "We got something out of all three phases of the game and we have to be able to do that."
Meanwhile on the defensive side, Lufkin never gave College Park a chance, stopping the Cavs on their first six drives while the offense put up six scores for a 42-0 advantage.
"They played hard, but there are still things we need to clean up," Quick said. "We can't make mistakes against really good teams."
It was an offensive clinic for the Panthers in the first half as they racked up 425 yards and scored touchdowns on each of their six possessions.
Rodgers carved up the College Park secondary to the tune of 363 yards and five touchdowns while completing 18-of-22 passes.
Six different Lufkin players had a catch while Jackson, Dhailon Phillips and Javante Ellington had five grabs apiece.
Malik Jackson led that charge with 167 yards in the opening 21 minutes.
Kahlil Brown added 62 rushing yards to go along with a touchdown both through the air and on the ground.
The Panthers were in control almost from the opening kickoff. After Lufkin forced a three and out, Lufkin went to the air with Rodgers hooking up with Jackson on passes for 29 and 33 yards.
The Panthers eventually punched in their first touchdown of the night with Brown running in from one-yard out for a 7-0 lead with 5:32 left in the opening quarter.
The points came even faster from there.
Following another three and out, Rodgers hit Breylon Garcia over the middle for a 12-yard score, making it 14-0. The score was set up by a Phillips' 37-yard reception.
Lufkin's defense set up the next score with Jabriar Grimes forcing a fumble and Jimarion Horace recovering it to give the Panthers good field position.
Lufkin took advantage with Rodgers throwing a perfect 48-yard touchdown pass to Jackson for a 21-0 lead.
The Panthers weren't done as Brown got free over the middle and hauled in an 18-yard score for a 28-0 lead with 18 seconds still left in the first quarter.
In the opening quarter, Brown connected on 10-of-12 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson had three catches for 110 yards and Brown had 53 yards on the ground to go along with his two touchdowns.
Lufkin racked up 270 yards while holding College Park to 57.
It got worse early in the second quarter as Isaiah Phillips made an interception on a tipped pass.
That allowed Rodgers to hit Jackson over the middle for a 50-yard touchdown and an overwhelming 35-0 lead.
Lufkin made it a 42-0 lead on the next drive with Ellington making a 25-yard touchdown reception from Rodgers. That play came shortly after Ellington had a 50-yard touchdown overturned due to a holding call.
College Park answered with its lone highlight of the first half when Jordan Turnquest scored on a four-yard quarterback keeper that made it 42-7.
Lufkin's offense made it seven straight touchdown drives early in the second half with Rodgers hitting Phillips for an eight-yard score and a 49-7 advantage.
With Lufkin putting in the backups, College Park put together a pair of scoring drives with:Carson Mohr making a 33-yard field goal and Turnquest scoring on a five-yard run that made it 49-17 early in the fourth quarter.
Lufkin's Jackson provided one final highlight to the night by returning the following kick 93 yards for a 56-17 lead.
College Park gave Lufkin two more points when a snap sailed out of the back of the end zone to make it 58-17.
Lufkin (4-1) will return to action on Friday night as it travels to face The Woodlands.