District 8-5A-DI play officially kicks off tonight for the Lufkin Panthers as they host the Willis Wildkats.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Lufkin enters the game 2-1 on the year, while Willis is 1-2 overall. Lufkin has outscored opponents an impressive 126-31, while Willis has been on the other end of the spectrum being outscored 121-79.
This Friday night showdown is a collision course of District 8-5A-DI's top offense (Willis – 369.7 yards per game) and top defense (Lufkin – 253 yards per game), which should make for an interesting showdown. Willis will have to put on a better defensive showing though after giving up a district-worst 399.7 yards per game through three contests.
We are officially over a month into the season and the picture is becoming a lot clearer, especially in the 5A level.
There is a TON of movement in the new rankings as a lot of teams are making the turn into district play.
1) Manvel (Prev. 2)
- Manvel is 28-6 overall and 6-0 in District 24-6A play. Th Mavericks have won 11-straight matches and haven't dropped a set in district play.
2) Grand Oaks (Prev. 3)
- The Grizzlies are 25-9 and 7-0 in what could be considered one of the harder 5A districts in the state.
3) Crosby (Prev. 6)
- Crosby is 21-5 overall and 2-0 in District 22-5A
4) Santa Fe (Prev. 7)
- Santa Fe is 20-11 overall and 2-0 in District 22-5A.