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Lufkin takes East Texas Showdown over Tyler John Tyler

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In one of Lone Star Gridiron's Games of the Week - the Lufkin Panthers took home a 34-31 over Tyler John Tyler. This game was a classic battle of East Texas powerhouses that featured and back-and-forth battle that wasn't settled until late in the fourth quarter.

Tyler John Tyler landed the first blow when Fred Ross took a Greg Ward pass 89 yards which was quickly followed up by a Ross run for 73 yards. Lufkin responded late in the first quarter cutting the lead to 14-7.

The second quarter was all Panthers and all Jamarcus Walker. He scored his second and third touchdowns of the game just before halftime and Lufkin went into the break up 21-14.

The Lions of Tyler again drew first blood in the second half, again with a long strike when DeVonte Haggerty scrambled 62 yards to tie it up. The two teams traded scores to end the quarter but Lufkin's missed extra point left them down going into the last period 28-27.

Lufkin's defense again stepped up in the 4th, holding Tyler to just a 33 yard field goal. Nick Cox delivered a 28 yard pass to Jamal Jeffrey with less than five minutes remaining to give Lufkin the final lead and the victory 34-31.

Chris Doelle
Lone Star Gridiron

The Numbers:

Lufkin 34, John Tyler 31

John Tyler   14   0  14  3  —  31
Lufkin          7  14   6  7  —  34

First Quarter
JT—Fred Ross 89 pass from Greg Ward (Julian Varona kick), 6:32
JT—Ross 73 run (Varona kick), 4:46
LUF—Jamarcus Walker 3 run (Luis Garcia kick), 2:32

Second Quarter
LUF—Walker 3 run (Garcia kick), 2:06
LUF—Walker 1 run (Garcia kick), 0:42

Third Quarter
JT—DeVonte Haggerty 62 run (Varona kick), 9:00
LUF—Walker 10 run (kick failed), 7:26
JT—Ross 18 pass from Ward (Varona kick), 6:15

Fourth Quarter
JT—FG Varona 33, 10:48
LUF—Jamal Jeffrey 28 pass from Nick Cox (Garcia kick), 4:51

Estimate Attendance — 8,000

                                 JT            LUF
First Downs          18         16
Rushes-Yards      36-135   47-210
Passing Yards      261        78
Com.-Att.-Int.      19-28-0  6-15-0
Punts-Avg.           6-34.5   4-35.8
Fumbles-Lost       5-2        1-1
Penalties-Yards    7-60      2-10

RUSHING—John Tyler, Devonte Haggerty 10-109, Fred Ross 2-87, Reggie Gipson 2-4, Greg Ward 17-(-6), Team 5-(-59); Lufkin, Jamarcus Walker 34-189, Nick Cox 6-11, Voshon Richardson 6-5, Chris Durham 1-5.
PASSING—John Tyler, Ward 19-28-0—261; Cox 6-15-0—78
RECEIVING—John Tyler, Darion Flowers 8-132, Ross 4-112, Justic Liggins 2-9, Gipson 2-4, Haggerty 2-2, DeQuante Woods 1-2; Lufkin, Jamal Jeffrey 4-50, Jabryce Taylor 1-26, Walker 1-2.

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