Lobos Get Ready for State Quarterfinal

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LONGVIEW - After defeating Klein Collins last weekend. The Lobos football team have punched their ticket to the state quarterfinals. This year the Lobos have found success in the playoffs and now they find themselves facing a familiar foe, that happens to be they're biggest rival.

"Well you know our defense has played well all year long they've been a strong part of this team our offense had to grow up you know we've had to get a little more consistent there and we're playing a lot better," says head coach John King.

Next up their long time rival the Lufkin Panthers.

"It's very exciting to see one of our most rivaled opponents to meet them up in the fourth round of the playoffs I think it's very exciting to see," says linebacker Kevion Bush.

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This will be the tenth time these two teams have met in the playoffs and the lobos can barely contain their excitement.

"It's going to be a be game an amazing game and we're going to have to execute and stuff it's going to be packed," says defensive back Kyle Johnson.

For Coach King, this rivalry is what makes East Texas great.

"These two teams are quite familiar with each other we've met over 80 times of course this will be the second time this year that we've matched up I think both teams have a gotten a lot better since week one and had to win some tough games to get to this point so it's great for East Texas."   

These two teams met the first week of the season and the anticipation is building for round two.

"Every time we step up to the field it's going to be a head to head collision all day everyday like there's no stopping us I know that it's going to be a ball game we both have to fight it's going to be tough," explains Bush.

"It's probably the biggest rivalry we've ever faced before I feel like it's a good match up, if they're sleep then just let them sleep we're going to wake them up sooner than later," explains Johnson.

Both teams will play Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches at 2:00 p.m.