NACOGDOCHES - In a game filled with big scoring plays and momentum swings, the Lindale Eagles were able to score 13 points in the span of a minute to pull out a 35-31 victory over Nacogdoches at Dragon Stadium in the opening game of District 17-5A play for both teams on Friday.
The Eagles (4-2, 1-0), down 31-22 late in the fourth quarter, scored on a 20-yard jaunt by Jordan Robinson at the 6:21 mark followed by a pick-six interception by cornerback Josh Holland 53 seconds later to steal a victory from the Dragons.
Down 22-14 at halftime, the Dragons (1-5, 0-1) scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take the lead after three quarters but it wasn’t enough.
The Eagles scored the first touchdown of the game on a 9-yard strike from Dillon Heinaman to Colton Brown. The Dragons got on the board with a Marcus Sweat 1-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a 66-yard pass from Jake Smith to James Sowards. Chris Gonzales’ PAT put Nacogdoches up 7-6.
Defense and special teams highlighted the second quarter for the Eagles as Kollin McCartney intercepted a Smith pass and took it 22 yards to paydirt. On the next Dragon possession, Eagle defender Nico Flores tackled punter Karlus Flanagan after an errant snap to set up great field position. Heinaman and Brown connected again on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, to make the score 19-7 Lindale.
Nacogdoches responded with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Jed Morgan. The Eagles closed out the first half with a 22-yard field goal by Jose Guevara to make the score 22-14 Lindale at the half.
Offensively, the Eagles were led by running back Jordan Robinson’s 133 yards on the ground and Dillon Heinaman’s 182 yards through the air. Colton Brown added 101 yards receiving and two touchdown receptions.
Offensive leaders for the Dragons were Smith who passed for 227 yards and a touchdown. Running back Marcus Sweat, who was injured late in the game, contributed 75 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Lindale (4-2, 1-0) hosts Ennis and Nacogdoches (1-5, 0-1) entertains Corsicana next Friday night.
Lindale 6 16 0 13 - 35
Nacogdoches 7 7 17 0 - 31
LIN – Colton Brown 9 pass from Dillon Heinaman (kick fail), 2:48
NAC – Marcus Sweat 1 run (Chris Gonzales kick), 1:18
LIN – Colin McCartney 22 interception return (Jose Guevara kick), 10:49
LIN – Brown 9 pass from Heinaman (conversion fail), 7:38
NAC – Jed Morgan 27 pass from Jake Smith (Gonzales kick), 5:41
LIN – FG Guevara 22, :02
NAC – Sweat 58 run (Gonzales kick), 11:38
NAC – Morgan 75 yard pass from Smith (Gonzales kick), 4:27
NAC – FG Gonzales 47, 2:36
LIN – Jordan Robinson 20 run (Guevara kick), 6:21
LIN – Josh Holland 27 yard interception return (conversion fail) 5:27