Panthers look to finish strong before playoffs

Maybe it was a case of not being ready for the big stage or possibly East Chambers was too good and likely a combination of both.

The Anahuac Panthers saw their five-game win streak in District 12-3A I play come crashing last weekend when they fell 45-14 in Winnie and saw district title hopes fade away.

However, the Panthers (5-4, 5-1) are still heading to the bi-district round of the state playoffs next week and at 7:30 Friday night travel to play Orangefield (8-1, 5-1) for second place - a position not many saw Anahuac even sniffing this fall.

“We beat them last year,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “Their place is a dirt field and it’s supposed to rain which will be an advantage for them. We are faster than them, but mud negates that.”

Neece admits his team didn’t play well against East Chambers as the moment loomed too large and especially after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter.

“We didn’t handle adversity really well and that always fall on the head coach,” Neece said. “You try to put them through a lot of trials and toughness periods of practice. 

“I wish we could have given them more of a game, especially in the first quarter. You can only say that you ready and when you are thrown into that situation ... if we had scored the first time we had the ball things might have been different.”

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