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Former Nacogdoches Dragons react to win over Lufkin

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Friday night always brings excitement to East Texas football fans. This past Friday oh was no different.

Many fans say that Nacogdoches Dragons beating the Lufkin Panthers is one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.

When the Nacogdoches dragons beat Lufkin 28-24, it brought up memories from 21 years ago.

"All the students were there," said former band member Trey Turner. "The band was going and it was packed crowd."

"It was really a big deal because of our season up to that point," said former Dragon Kicker, Eddy Furniss.  "We made a long run to the playoffs, winning every game we could to win district."

It was 1992 when the Dragons beat the Panthers 21-20. Defensive Coordinator Clarence McMichael was there just like he was Friday night.

"It was more exciting than it was in the last couple of ones, because my being a defensive coordinator and having a full hand in it," McMichael.

That year the dragons made the playoffs, but could it be the same this time?

"It was one of those years we had great team and a great group of athletes that took us that far," said McMichael. "Those kids played their hearts out, and I feel the same way about this group. They are great group of young men that play hard."

Furniss says he knows a win against a tough panther team will only help the dragons in the coming seasons.

"Any kind of win we can get against good programs gives us a stepping stone to build a better team in Nacogdoches," Furniss said.

"It's always impressive to beat your biggest rival in football," said Turner. "It's really impressive with Lufkin from the standpoint that Lufkin always fields a really good team."

Playoffs or not, until next season, Nac fans get to say, "We beat LP."

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