LINDALE -- Striking with ruthless efficiency, the Lufkin Panthers steamrolled the Lindale Eagles, 63-28, Friday night at Eagle Stadium in a District 16-5A contest.

Lindale dropped to 1-3 in district while Lufkin squares its league record at 2-2.

Lufkin struck fast and often in the first half, building a 49-14 advantage by intermission.

Running back Steven Sowell had three long touchdowns in his first five carries in the first quarter. He had 144 yards on just six carries for the game.

Panther quarterback Trey Cumbie connected on two touchdowns in his first six attempts and even scored on a 1-yard run in the second period. He finished the game 10 of 14 for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Most of the Lufkin starters were on the bench by the time the fourth period arrived.
Lindale just couldn't solve the quick and fast Lufkin defense, which always seemed two or three steps quicker than the Eagles.

Lufkin didn't have to punt the entire game and scored the first six times they touched the ball.

The Eagles put together an impressive drive late in the first half starting from their own 20 which ended with a six yard scoring run from Ryan Taylor.

The highlight on the drive was a 17-yard pass featuring the Sir Louis brothers, Garrett and Cameron. Garrett was seemingly trapped in the backfield but somehow found his brother for the completion.

For the second week in a row, Taylor had an impressive game for the Eagles. Despite giving up several pounds to the Lufkin defense, Taylor picked up 166 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.

He scored on runs of 6, 42 and 3 yards, while sophomore quarterback Montana Meador was 6 of 11 and had a touchdown pass of 44 yards to flanker Tayton Williams.