JACKSONVILLE - Kordell Rodgers threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Lufkin Panthers rounded out the 2015 regular season in style, coasting to a 50-6 win over the Jacksonville Indians at the Tomato Bowl on Senior Night.
Next up for the Pack is a first-round rematch against the Longview Lobos in a game that will be played on Friday night at 7:30 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Lufkin improved to 7-3 overall and finished second in District 16-5A with a 6-1 mark. John Tyler won the league with a 7-0 record. Jacksonville ends its season at 2-8 and 1-6.
Thanks to another dominating performance, the Panthers will carry some big-time momentum into that postseason matchup.
Lufkin's defense dominated much of the night, holding Jacksonville to 247 total yards. Cameron High led the way for the Indians with 148 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries but only threw for 53 yards on 4-of-13 passing.
Meanwhile, Lufkin was able to gain 425 yards of offense with Malik Jackson hauling in six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Khalil Brown ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown reception.
The Panthers took control of the game from the opening kickoff as the defense forced a turnover on an attempted fourth down try in Lufkin territory.
Lufkin eventually settled for a Rodrigo Molina 24-yard field goal to make the score 3-0.
After Jacksonville failed to convert another fourth down attempt, Khalil Brown scored on a 23-yard touchdown run that made it 9-0.
Zacourtney Deason had an interception to end Jacksonville's next drive.
From there, Ellis Jackson caught a 35-yard screen pass to set up Browns one-yard touchdown run, upping that lead to 15-0.
Lufkin's next drive went eight plays on 55 yards with Dalvin Smith powering his way in from two yards out for a 22-0 lead.
Lufkin was able to get back on the board just before the half thanks in large part to a Savon Fields' 35-yard punt return.
That set up a drive that heavily featured Jackson, who had three catches and scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 52 seconds remaining in the half, making the score 29-0.
Lufkin's defense forced two turnovers in the first half and allowed a total of 100 yards.
Meanwhile, Lufkin used a balanced offensive attack to gradually extend its lead.
Brown had 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries in the opening half. Jackson caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown and Rodgers threw for 118 yards and a score on 8-of-11 passing.
Jacksonville used some trickery to try to get back in the game as it recovered an onside kick on the opening play of the second half then scored on High's 40-yard run.
The Indians recovered another onside kick but were eventually turned away by Lufkin as the Panthers seized momentum once again.
Lufkin extended the lead once again as Brown hauled in a 20-yard touchdown reception, making it 36-6.
That lead grew to 43-6 when Javante Ellington caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
Following a goal line stand, Lufkin put together a nine-play, 99-yard drive for the final score of the night.
That score was provided by a 38-yard scoring strike from Blake Brooks to Kenneth Warren.