In some ways, the 2022 season was an uphill climb for the Lufkin Panthers. In other ways, it was a sign of how close they are to competing with some of the best teams in the state.

The Panthers opened the season with a perfect non-district slate highlighted by a win over A&M Consolidated, which was a Top 5 team at the time.

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

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