For at least a quarter of a century, the Lufkin Panthers have set their sights high while focusing on the simplistic.

When John Outlaw arrived in town in 1995, he placed an emphasis on players simply focusing on what they can control. Little changed in that approach when Todd Quick took over the program in 2012.

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Lufkin’s Wilburn Smallwood and Kayson Elijah pressure Magnolia during District 8-5A DI action at Magnolia’s Bulldog Stadium in the 2019 season. Lufkin is preparing for a delayed start to the 2020 season.

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.