NACOGDOCHES — Kilgore used a dual-threat rushing attack to send the Nacogdoches Dragons to their fourth straight loss, a 28-16 decision in District 14-4A football action Friday night at Dragon Stadium.
Dondra Halton rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries, and TCU-bound Ladarius Anthony added 110 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to help the Bulldogs rush for 232 yards on 45 carries as a team, while the Kilgore defense held Nacogdoches to well below its rushing average at just 100 yards on 29 carries.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 4-1) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run from Anthony in the first quarter. They extended their lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter with a 20-yard pass from Riley Toler to Mason Nestleroad.
Toler was 8 of 11 through the air for 104 yards with an interception and the touchdown. He was 6 of 7 in the first half with the interception being his only non-completion.
Cole Banner intercepted the pass for the Dragons, and they moved the ball with an 11-play drive, but Kilgore’s Hector Peralez picked off a pass attempt by Damion Johnson in the red zone to keep the Dragons off the board.
Johnson and the Dragons capitalized on their next trip in the red zone as he found Josh Robertson for a 14-yard scoring strike with 7 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the Kilgore lead to 14-7 at the break.
Johnson was 14 of 29 through the air for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries. Robertson caught four passes for 68 yards and two scores.
Nacogdoches looked to stop Kilgore on the first possession of the second half, but the Bulldogs converted on a third-and-7 attempt with a 43-yard pass from Toler to JD Jones to keep the drive alive. Kilgore punched it in five plays later on a 1-yard run by Toler to make it 21-7.
The Dragons stayed within striking distance as Tanner Dean nailed a 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter to cut the score to 21-10.
Nacogdoches forced Kilgore to punt on the next possession, but the Bulldogs quickly got the ball back on an interception by Cooper Coldiron, which set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Anthony to give the Bulldogs a 28-10 advantage.
The Dragons later added a 38-yard touchdown pass from Johnson.