LUFKIN -- Lufkin strayed from the cliche that you should go for the tie at home and two on the road. And the gamble didn't pay off.

Lufkin's two-point conversion attempt failed and A&M Consolidated escaped Abe Martin Stadium with a District 14-5A opening 42-41 win over the Panthers on Friday night.

Lufkin (1-4, 0-1) rallied from a 42-28 deficit by scoring two touchdowns in 1:43 late in the fourth quarter. Jamal Jeffery scored his third touchdown of the game -- a 6-yard run -- to make the score 42-35 and Steven Sowell scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to get Lufkin within one, 42-41, with 38 seconds left in the game.

The Panthers took a timeout before going for two. Trey Cumbie dished a shovel pass to Texas-bound Keke Coutee, who was stopped just feet short of the goal line.

Lufkin rallied from 14-0, 28-14 and 42-28 deficits to stay in the game, but the Panthers will go into their bye week in an early 0-1 hole in district.

The two teams combined for 1,087 total yards.

Cumbie finished 23-of-36 for 270 yards and a touchdown, a 27-yarder to Jeffery, who also had two touchdown runs.

Kobe Miller threw two touchdowns and ran for one for A&M Consolidated.

-- Stats courtesy the Bryan Eagle