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Lufkin Avenges 2015 Playoff Loss in 35-24 Season-Opening Win Over Rival Longview

Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

In a season-ending loss to the Longview Lobos nine months ago, a battered Kordell Rodgers was forced to the sideline with a concussion, eventually watching his Lufkin Panthers' season come to an end in 31-10 fashion.

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2016 Football Preview: Lufkin Should Do Fine As Smallest School in District 12-6A

Lufkin WR Dhailon Phillips (5), WR Javante Ellington (4) and QB Kordell Rodgers (3).
Lufkin WR Dhailon Phillips (5), WR Javante Ellington (4) and QB Kordell Rodgers (3).

The past two years were fun ones for Lufkin fans. Their classic rivalries within East Texas actually meant something once the Panthers got demoted from Class 6A to Class 5A.

But there were drawbacks as well...

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Filed Under: , Category: Class 6A, Football, News

ETSN Class 6A/5A Preseason Poll: No. 2, Lufkin Panthers

Lufkin receives Malik Jackson (2), Dhailon Phillips (5) and Javante Ellington (4) might be big parts of what could be the region's best offense this season. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin receives Malik Jackson (2), Dhailon Phillips (5) and Javante Ellington (4) might be big parts of what could be the region's best offense this season. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Lufkin almost always gets ranked when writers explore high school football culture around the nation. If the town doesn't get ranked, it's a bad oversight.

Panthers fans fill the home side of their 11,000-seat Abe Martin Stadium and spill over into designated seating on the away side. Whether it's getting riled up about a bad call or bad execution, the assuredly deserving offenders get to hear it from all directions.

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Top 25 Games of 2016: No. 11, Lufkin at The Woodlands

Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

It's been a couple of years, but Lufkin and The Woodlands will renew acquaintances in district play later this season.

The District 12-6A bout should go a long way in determining the league champion...

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Eight East Texas Teams Ranked in Preseason Associated Press Poll

Mineola is ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason Class 3A poll.
Mineola is ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason Class 3A poll.

Associated Press High School Football Poll
Here is The Associated Press preseason high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
CLASS 6A

Others receiving votes: 11, Richmond George Ranch 33...

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Top 25 Games of 2016: No. 19, Longview at Lufkin

Lufkin's Malik Jackson (left), Dhailon Phillips (center) and Javante Ellington. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Malik Jackson (left), Dhailon Phillips (center) and Javante Ellington. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Rivalries don't come much more intense and closely-contested as Longview-Lufkin. The Lobos travel to Lufkin for the season opener on Aug. 26 for the teams' fifth meeting since the beginning of 2014...

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Lufkin Football’s ETSN.fm Photo Days Shoot At A Glance

Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin QB Kordell Rodgers. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Here’s a look at Lufkin's time at its ETSN.fm Photo Days shoot.

Lufkin High School was gracious enough to host players from 10 schools in the area Thursday.

The Panthers sent nine players to be the faces of their program for their work ethic on and off the field

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Lufkin Falls To Lewisville Hebron In 7-On-7 Tournament’s Round Of 32

Lufkin receiver Javante Ellington comes down with a ball from quarterback Kordell Rodgers during the Panthers win Friday against Lancaster at Veterans Memorial Park in College Station.
Lufkin receiver Javante Ellington comes down with a ball from quarterback Kordell Rodgers during the Panthers win Friday against Lancaster at Veterans Memorial Park in College Station.

COLLEGE STATION -- The nice thing about Lufkin's Saturday in College Station is that you can make a case it was a better outcome than last year's run to the Division I Texas State 7-on-7 Championships' consolation title.

That's not something that immediately flew over well with the Panthers though. They got bounced by Lewisville Hebron, 35-30, after giving up the go-ahead touchdown with about a minute to play in the championship bracket's round of 32.

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Division I State 7-On-7 Tournament: Lufkin Steals Show With Big Win Against Lancaster

Lufkin receiver Dhailon Phillips reaches the end zone before getting tagged by a Lancaster defensive back in the Panthers 41-26 pool play win.
Lufkin receiver Dhailon Phillips reaches the end zone before getting tagged by a Lancaster defensive back in the Panthers 41-26 pool play win.

COLLEGE STATION -- It's not hard to fathom a Lufkin-Lancaster game being the state's Game of the Week should the two teams ever run across each other.

Friday's meeting between the two sides at the Division I Texas State 7-on-7 Championships garnered a little less attention, but it was an eye-opening experience for Panthers fans. The Pack bombed away at Lancaster's defense and cruised to a 41-26 win against one of the state's best college football factories.

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2016 Texas State 7-on-7 Championships: Friday’s Division I Pool Play Schedule For East Texas

John Tyler Bryson Smith takes a nap.
John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith.

East Texas will have three representatives in the Division I bracket, which consists of schools with an enrollment that correlates with the UIL’s distinction for Class 5A and above.

The top two finishers in each pool play advance to Saturday’s championship bracket, while the bottom two will enter the consolation bracket...

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