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A Nov. 5 showdown for the district title seems like a foregone conclusion as the Diboll Lumberjacks and Coldspring Trojans stand atop 9-3A DI with undefeated records.

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The College Station Cougars have leveled all competition in their path on their way to a No. 2 state ranking and a tie for the top spot in 8-5A DI.

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Sports editor Josh Havard held a question-and-answer session with Lufkin head coach Todd Quick on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers had their bye week following a 56-7 loss to the College Station Cougars. Lufkin plays at Cleveland at 7 p.m. Friday.

TYLER — Carthage is once again the unanimous No. 1 team in the Class 6A/5A/4A portion of the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 following Week 8 of the high school football season.

Former Lufkin standout Jadrian Taylor was honored for an outstanding showing for the UTEP Miners as he was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.

PALESTINE — The Diboll Lumberjacks raced out to a huge halftime lead and the defense took over from there en route to a dominating 35-0 win over Palestine Westwood in District 9-3A DI action here Friday night.

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HUNTINGTON — Sophomore Elijah Mansfield baffled the Trinity defense and the Red Devils’ defense dominated the Tigers throughout the night as Huntington coasted to a 27-6 win in District 9-3A DI action here Friday night.

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It’s been a rough road for the Huntington Red Devils as they have dropped six of their first seven games of the season. They’ll look to turn the momentum back in the right direction as they host a struggling Trinity Tigers team tonight.

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One of the toughest seasons in recent memory has left the Lufkin Panthers almost guaranteed of missing the postseason for the first time since 1997, ending one of the longest stretches in the state.

The Lufkin Panthers and Lady Panthers made themselves at home by sweeping the District 16-5A cross country meet, which was held in wet conditions in Lufkin Thursday morning.

It was another huge day for the Hudson cross country program as it continued its reign atop the district by sweeping the 17-4A meet on Wednesday afternoon.

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The Central Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are headed to the regional meet with some extra hardware in hand after sweeping the District 21-3A cross country championship on Wednesday night.

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A strong service game, hard hitters attacking the nets and an offense moving at a perfect rhythm — all those elements were on display for the No. 8 Lufkin Lady Panthers in Tuesday’s sweep of Jacksonville at Panther Gym.

Sports editor Josh Havard held a question-and-answer session with Lufkin head coach Todd Quick on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers fell to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in district action with a 56-7 loss to the No. 2 College Station Cougars on Friday night. Lufkin has a bye this week before returning …

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A nine-team district can lead to all sorts of scenarios when it comes to playoff positioning. Last season, 8-5A DI came down to the final week with seven teams going after four spots.

TYLER — Carthage, Texas High and Van are the only three undefeated East Texas teams remaining in Class 6A/5A/4A.

The Grapeland Sandies added to the Groveton Indians’ woes with a 56-7 win in Groveton Friday night.

DIBOLL — The Diboll Lumberjacks are playing their best football when it means the most as they extended their win streak to three games with a 50-15 win over the Elkhart Elks in District 9-3A DII action at Lumberjack Stadium Friday night.

It’s officially an uphill climb for the Lufkin Panthers. Three losses in the first four district games have left Lufkin on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

The Lufkin Panthers raced to the 5A-6A title while the Hudson Lady Hornets kept up their strong running with the team championship in the 1A-4A girls race at the Lufkin Coca-Cola Classic Invitational Wednesday.

Some early season struggles are a thing of the past as the Diboll Lumberjacks have hit their stride with the start of district action.

It wasn’t long ago that Cody Stafford was simply surviving in the Lufkin football program. He said it was a shock when he was placed on the Freshman “B Team” and admits he thought about simply leaving the program behind.

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It’s the midway point for five of the teams in District 8-5A DI as the final month of the season starts on Friday night. The four teams atop the standings have the inside track for the postseason while the others likely need to win out and hope for help.

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Hudson’s Connor Graves and Kayleigh Wagnon ran to individual titles while the Lady Hornets and Hornets swept the team championships at the Hudson Invitational Saturday morning.

TYLER — Carthage picked up its 34th consecutive win last week, and the Bulldogs remain in the No. 1 slot in the Class 6A/5A/4A portion of the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 following Week 6 of the high school football season.

Sports editor Josh Havard held a question-and-answer session with Lufkin head coach Todd Quick on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers dropped a 38-27 decision to the New Caney Eagles on Friday night. Lufkin will host the College Station Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday on John Outlaw Memorial Field at A…

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HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Red Devils hung tight with Diboll for a half before the Lumberjacks flexed their muscle down the stretch on their way to a 59-24 win in District 9-3A DI action Friday night.

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GROVETON — The Groveton Indians are still seeking a way into the win column after dropping a 42-21 contest in which Normangee’s Izaha Jones ran for four touchdowns and threw two more Friday night.

Any move to a new position can have a learning curve. A move to center before senior season requires an entire crash course.

The Diboll Lumberjacks will look to build on a big-time win while the Huntington Red Devils try to get steered in the right direction as the Angelina Country rivals clash in 9-3A DI action in Huntington tonight.

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Sports editor Josh Havard held a question-and-answer session with Lufkin head coach Todd Quick on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in district with a 38-28 win over the New Caney Porter Spartans on Friday night. Lufkin returns to action on Friday when it travel…

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Central’s Miguel De La Cruz won the individual title and the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs cross country teams swept the varsity team titles at the Bulldog Invitational, which was held in Central Saturday. De La Cruz took first place with a time of 17:39/58, which was enough to win the race by …

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Lufkin’s Kedren Young has done it all for the Panthers in the first month of his varsity career. On Friday night, the super sophomore helped carry the Pack to its biggest win of the year.

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DIBOLL — A homecoming crowd and a district opener got the Diboll Lumberjacks back on the right track as they hammered the Trinity Tigers 49-8 in 9-3A DI action at Lumberjack Stadium Friday night.

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It’s been an up-and down first month of the season, but the Diboll Lumberjacks and Huntington Red Devils are ready to go as the meaningful games in District 9-3A DI kick off tonight.

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In the early going, the Lufkin Lady Panthers showed plenty of chemistry in its rotation, with each player finding ways to contribute. Over the past few weeks, the chemistry was enough to carry the team to a 26-4 record and a rise as high as No. 2 in the state rankings.

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There aren’t many must-win games in September, but tonight’s matchup between the Lufkin Panthers and New Caney Porter Spartans is as close as it gets.

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Sports editor Josh Havard held a question-and-answer session with Lufkin head coach Todd Quick on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in district action with a 27-21 loss to the Magnolia Bulldogs in Magnolia Friday night. Lufkin returns to action on Friday when it hos…