Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Panthers, who lost 28-24 Friday night at Dragon Stadium.
In a roller coaster game with several lead changes, Lufkin lost to Nacogdoches for the first time in 21 years. The last time the Dragons beat their arch-rivals from across the Angelina River was in 1992.
According to the East Texas Sports Network, the final outcome of the game hinged on a fourth quarter interception and 90-yard return for a touchdown by Brandon Jones, which put Nacogdoches ahead for good.
The Panthers pushed back into Dragon territory on their final drive, according to the East Texas Sports Network. However, Nacogdoches got the ball back after a fourth down incompletion. Then, the Dragons ran out the clock.
Lufkin's final drive traveled into Nacogdoches territory but an incompletion on fourth down returned the ball back to Nacogdoches, and the Dragons were able to run out the remainder of the clock.
Nacogdoches quarterback Hunter McClellan passed for 178 yards and rushed for an additional 102 yards on 10 rushing attempts, according to the East Texas Sports Network.
Nacogdoches' season resumes at Class 3A-No. 1 Carthage next week. Lufkin will face longtime rival Longview next Friday night.
Lufkin 24 - Nacogdoches 28, final
Brookhill 34 - Garrison 41, final
Alto 7 - Tenaha 42, final
Corrigan 35 - Woodville 20, final
Splendora 39 - Huntington 18, final
Trinity Christian Addison 55 - Crockett 28, final
Lovelady 28 - Grapeland 35, final
Chapel Hill 22 - Carthage 52, final
Orangefield 0 - Newton 36, final
Chilton 53 - Mt. Enterprise 6, final
Kountze 28 - Trinity 20, final
Hull-Daisetta 21 - Groveton 32, final
West Hardin 22 - West Sabine 65, final
Eustace 0 - Rusk 21, final
Deweyville 40 - San Augustine 34, final
Overton 14 - Colmesneil 54, final
Shelbyville 35 - Carlisle 48, final
Diboll 7 - Bullard 38, final
Jasper 20 - Kirbyville 23, final
Center 16 - Atlanta 23, final
Hemphill 29 - Joaquin 46, final
Timpson 20 - Union Grove 6, final
Chester 50 - Good Samaritan 20, final
Apple Springs 53 - Huntsville Alpha-Omega 6, final
Livingston - Bye