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Lufkin Looks to Build Off Last Week’s Win Against Longtime Rival Nacogdoches

Lufkin cornerback Jamal Davis. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

NACOGDOCHES DRAGONS (0-1)
AT
LUFKIN PANTHERS (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Abe Martin Stadium, Lufkin. Radio: KYKS 105.1-FM, Lufkin

Coaches
Nacogdoches: Bobby Reyes
Lufkin: Todd Quick

Last week
Nacogdoches: lost to Henderson 26-14
Lufkin: def. Tyler Lee 41-31

Next week
Nacogdoches: vs. Carthage
Lufkin: vs. Longview

Playmakers
Nacogdoches

  • S/KR Dre Foster, Sr., 5-9, 185
  • OT Jacob Bragg, Jr., 6-3, 280
  • RB Derrick Fields, Sr., 5-9, 182 (22 carries, 56 yards)
  • QB Patrick Ledet, Sr., 6-0, 180
  • QB Hunter McClellan, Soph.
  • WR Tae Thomas, Soph. (5 catches, 32 yards, 1 TD)
  • LB/S Gavin Nesbitt, Sr.

Lufkin

  • QB Tyler Stubblefield, Sr., 6-5, 190 (36 of 68, 461 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs; 27 carries, 77 yards, 3 TDs)
  • RB/WR Key’vantanie Coutee, Soph., 5-10, 170 (10 carries, 66 yards; 17 catches, 217 yards, 2 TDs)
  • RB Kendrick Mapp, Sr., 5-10, 175 (16 carries, 136 yards, 1 TD)
  • WR JaBryce Taylor, Sr., 6-2, 185 (11 catches, 149 yards, 1 TD)
  • DE Demontrai Lewis, Sr., 6-3, 215
  • DT D’vonte Botley, Sr., 6-4, 255
  • CB Jamarion Houston, Jr., 6-0, 185

Just the facts

  • The Bobby Reyes era in Nacogdoches got off to slow start offensively with the Dragons only mustering 58 yards and just one offensive touchdown.
  • The only TD on offense was set up by a 77-yard kickoff return by Dre Foster. The Dragons’ other touchdown was a 65-yard fumble return by Gavin Nesbitt.
  • Henderson totaled eight sacks against Nacogdoches, which led to a Dragons rushing total of 17 yards. Derrick Fields was Nac’s leading ground gainer with 56 yards on 22 attempts.
  • Lufkin, which has not lost to Nacogdoches since 1992, got on track last week with its win over rival Tyler Lee.
  • Panthers quarterback Tyler Stubblefield has had no trouble finding the end zone. In his first two games, he has thrown for four TDs and rushed for three.
  • Key’Vantanie Coutee has been making plays all over the field. He has 283 total yards and two touchdowns through two games.

Nacogdoches S/LB Gavin Nesbitt. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin WR JaBryce Taylor. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup: Nacogdoches offensive line vs. Lufkin defensive line. The Dragons’ front was manhandled by Henderson last week, allowing eight sacks. And Lufkin’s D-line is loaded with end Demontrai Lewis and tackle D’vonte Botley, making it difficult for opposing offenses to find traction. Lufkin’s offense is one of the most explosive in the area, and it will be important for the Dragons offense to keep pace. Blocking up front is key for Nac, which needs to be better in that category to hang with Lufkin.

Don’t be surprised if: This is a complete mismatch. After a tough couple of opponents in John Tyler and Tyler Lee to begin the season, Lufkin may welcome the drop in competition before concluding its non-district schedule with Longview next week. The Panthers should be able to do whatever they want on botb offense and defense. Nac struggled with 3A Henderson, so it should come as no surprise if the Dragons are treated rather rudely by Lufkin on Friday night.

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