LINDALE — The Lindale Eagles used a stifling defense to notch their first district win by defeating the Nacogdoches Dragons 37-10 Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
The Eagles (3-2, 1-1) scored on the first play of their first possession of the game on a double pass from Brayson Campbell to Sam Peterson who lofted a beautiful spiral to a streaking Conner Boyette for 65 yards and a quick touchdown. Landon Love added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. The Dragons (1-4, 1-1) responded with 10 points in the second quarter to keep the game close but trailed at halftime 14-10.
The defense was the story of the night as the defensive line of the Eagles led by Matthew Grady, Ethan Thornton and Henry Waggoner found their way into the Dragon backfield creating havoc for Nacogdoches quarterback Jake Smith. The Lindale linebacking crew of Grady, Colton Widemon and Kolton Primeaux had several tackles for losses as well.
Lindale took control of the game on their first possession of the second half by driving 60 yards in 10 plays taking almost 5 minutes off the clock. Campbell punched it in from 1-yard out for the touchdown. Junior kicker Love nailed a 29-yard field goal at the 3:11 mark of the third quarter and then on the next Eagle possession, Jordan Jenkins bulled his way 13 yards for the score to make it 31–10 in favor of the Birds. Jenkins finished the night rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles would strike again in the fourth quarter on 48-yard pitch and catch from Campbell to Boyette who shifted his way in and out of the Dragon secondary to pay dirt. Boyette finished with 121 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He also had two long kickoff returns into Dragon territory that shortened the field for the Eagle offense.
Lindale entertains Hallsville and Nacogdoches travels to Whitehouse next Friday night.
Lindale 37, Nacogdoches 10
Nacogdoches 0 10 0 0 — 10
Lindale 7 7 17 6 — 37
LIN – Conner Boyette 65 pass from Sam Peterson (Landon Love kick), 9:46
NAC – FG Chris Landeros 28, 8:42
LIN – Jordan Jenkins 14 run (Love kick), 5:57
NAC – Joe Carter 39 pass from Jake Smith (Landeros kick), 2:45
LIN – Brayson Campbell 1 run (Love kick), 7:16
LIN – FG Love 29, 3:11
LIN – Jenkins 13 run (Love kick), :22
LIN – Boyette 48 pass from Campbell (kick fail), 6:34
RUSHING — Nacogdoches, Camorian Thacker 9-29, Jamorian Sanders 2-6, Jake Smith 11-46, Ja'Kyhon Whitaker 1-1. Lindale, Jordan Jenkins 21-132, Brayson Campbell 8-30, Kasey Villarreal 1-1, Sam Peterson 1-9, Conner Boyette 1-7.
PASSING — Nacogdoches, Jake Smith 12-25-0-181. Lindale, Brayson Campbell 4-11-0-77, Sam Peterson 2-2-0-67.
RECEIVING — Nacogdoches, Ja'Tavious Deckard 4-36, Drayton Brown 2-16, Nazavion Floyd 2-26, Jamal Moore 1-52, Joe Carter 1-39, Camorian Thacker 1-11, Ja'Kyhon Whitaker 1-1. Lindale, Conner Boyette 3-121, Casen Modisette 2-8, Jordan Jenkins 1-15.