Despite an 0-3 pre-district record, the Anahuac Panthers football team has found new life following a strong start to District 12-3A I play.

Last week the Panthers stormed past Kirbyville, 57-26 and are set to travel for a 7:30 p.m. Friday clash at Buna (2-2, 0-1) and a chance to move to 2-0 in the games that matter.

“Any time you beat Kirbyville it’s still a good feeling,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “Our offense really clicked with over 500 yards. We’re actually the No. 1 offense in the district. That’s a testament to our offensive line that has played really well. Coming into the year, that was a big question mark.”

Freshman Landon Corbitt also made his mark last week as he rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries to join the ground cavalcade featuring senior quarterback Foster Kreuzer and junior running back Landyn Fanus.

“He’s going to be a good one,” Neece said. “He’s one of those kids that just work. He’s a really good runner and really smooth.”

The defense struggled in the first half against Kirbyville, leading only 29-26 at the break before getting serious.

“I’m going to look at the positive,” Neece said. “In the second half we played more aggressive. We challenged them at halftime and they responded.”

Buna will present a slot-T attack and will grind out possessions in a game Anahuac will need to go back to old school basics.

“They are tough kids and well coached,” Neece said. “They don’t have the best facilities. They are one of the few high schools that still have a cinder track. It’s an older stadium and when you go over there it’s like the 1950s. Like when you are there everything should be in black and white.”

Anahuac has a few games earmarked as potential wins and then a few - including Buna - that could make or break their playoff hopes. 

“Kirbyville was a game we knew we should win,” Neece said. “Buna and Orangefield were picked just ahead of us and we have to beat one or two of them to hopefully get in the playoffs. 

“Both the Orangefield and Buna games are on the road and circled in red. Buna scheduled us for homecoming so that was a slap in the face.”

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