Nacogdoches Sophomore Brandon Jones is ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week
One of the biggest plays of the young 2013 season delivered one of East Texas' biggest upsets in recent memory.
With Lufkin leading Nacogdoches 24-21 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Panthers were poised to seal the game as they drove deep into Dragon territory. But when junior quarterback Trey Cumbie rolled out and threw a pass, Brandon Jones was waiting.
Jones picked off the pass and sprinted 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:52 remaining, giving Nacogdoches the lead for good in a 28-24 stunner.
The win was Nacogdoches' first against Lufkin since 1992. Jones is the ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week for his game-changing and downright historic play.
The 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore safety finished Friday night's four-point upset of Lufkin with 12 tackles, one for loss, a pass breakup, and the game-defining interception return for a touchdown.
Through the Dragons' first two games, Jones is second on the team with 20 tackles behind senior linebacker Brian Scott, who has 26 after leading Nacogdoches in tackles last season.
With a 2-0 start and their first win against Lufkin in 21 years under their belts, Jones and the Dragon defense face another stiff test this Friday when they travel to Carthage. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A Associated Press poll and feature a high-powered offense led by senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz, a UTSA commit who has thrown for 1,011 yards in Carthage's first three games.
Seeing Jones and the Dragon secondary match up with Carthage's big receivers in Terian "Tee" Goree and O'Keeron Rutherford will be a treat for fans of both teams.