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PREVIEW: Longview vs. Lufkin (TX)

September 18, 2013

LONGVIEW, TX – The Lufkin Panthers will attempt to continue their recent success over the Longview Lobos when the two teams collide on Friday at 8:30 p.m. (EST) at Lobo Stadium. More than 9,500 fans are expected to attend the game, which is part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Despite losing last season’s meeting 45-14, Lufkin is 15-5-1 in the series since 1994 (which includes a nine-game winning streak at home). Lufkin barely leads the all-time series, hanging onto a 35-34-4 edge.

The Panthers, coached by Todd Quick, are coming off a solid 9-4 season but have had a disappointing season thus far, opening 1-2 with losses in their last two. They lost to Nacogdoches 28-24 for the first time in 21 years in their last game. Senior receiver Jamal Jeffery is headed to Texas A&M.

The Lobos, coached by John King, went 9-4 last season and have won two straight – including 27-26 over Olive Branch in their last game – to start out this season at 2-1. Junior back JaMycal Hasty is off to a fantastic start with 631 total yards and five TDs already. He has offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech.

Lufkin and Longview have tradition of winning lots of games, as Lufkin has 17 straight winning seasons and Longview has a stretch of 12 straight.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.