Jaylon Lane had to learn the safety position on the fly Friday, but he lived up to permanently high expectations in Nacogdoches' 38-35 win against Lufkin to kick off District 16-5A play.

With seven tackles, a pass breakup and two major impact plays on the way to a narrow victory, Lane is the latest ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week.

The senior defensive back -- East Texas' most-recruited player in terms of FBS scholarship opportunities and an Oklahoma State verbal commitment -- accomplished all of it in his first start as a safety for the Dragons. Blue chip junior safety Brandon Jones was lost for the season the game prior with a torn PCL.

Lane, who started the first three games of 2014 at cornerback, recovered a muffed Lufkin kickoff return attempt in the first quarter. It was just his second play of the game.

His recovery allowed Nacogdoches to extend its 7-0 lead to 14-0.

The Dragons needed every point. Lufkin never led in the game, but it tied the score four separate occasions.

Lane's last play was just as big.

Nacogdoches settled for a go-ahead field goal with just under three minutes to play. Lufkin went for a home run on the second play of its ensuing drive and Lane picked the under thrown pass for a 32-yard return across midfield.

The game's only technical turnover allowed the Dragons to hang on for a 1-0 district start and a 4-0 overall record.

Nacogdoches will visit Ennis this week. Ennis enters the game with 17 votes in the latest Class 5A Associated Press poll, one more vote than the Dragons.

ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Players of the Week