Lindale Rallies Late in the Fourth Quarter to Beat Nacogdoches, 31-21
LINDALE — There were no playoff implications on the line between the Nacogdoches Dragons and Lindale Eagles on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
But that didn't mean both teams weren't trying to end the season on a winning note.
Trailing in the final six minutes of the game, Lindale scored 15 points in a seven-second span on the way to a 31-21 victory over Nacogdoches.
The win ended an eight-game losing streak for Lindale (2-8, 1-4), while Nacogdoches finished the season with an 0-10 mark overall and an 0-5 record in District 16-4A action.
Cody Slice threw a 10-yard touchdown to Tyler Daniels for Lindale to cut the Nacogdoches lead to 21-16 with 5:31 to play. After a 15-yard penalty on the Dragons, Lindale was able to kick off from the Nacogdoches 45-yard-line and attempted and recovered an onside kick.
Feeding off the momentum, the Eagles used some deception before the snap, and Slice found a wide-open Cody Johnson down the middle for a 24-yard touchdown. Dakota Meurer ran in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles the 24-21 lead with 5:24 remaining on the clock.
After Stephen Clemmons intercepted a pass for Lindale, the Eagles received a 3-yard scoring run by senior Trey Acy on fourth down to put the game away.
Acy rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Slice was 14-of-23 throw the air for 164 yards and two touchdowns, both in that 7-second scoring spree. Meurer caught six pass for 78 yards.
Patrick Ledet, who threw for 127 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-18 passing, ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1 second left in the second quarter to give Nacogdoches a 7-6 lead at halftime. Ledet's touchdown pass was a 14-yarder to L.J. Barnes in the fourth quarter that put Nacogdoches ahead 21-9.
Coronado Tolbert rushed for 90 yards on 15 carries and had an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Dragons.