It was a surprise to many when the Hallsville Bobcats blew out reigning State Champions, the Carthage Bulldogs, 52-20.
“It boosted our confidence a little bit, but we can't get too cocky from it. We got to take it one game at a time, which is our motto this year," said Hallsville wide receiver Jaylon Kerby.
By taking it one game at a time, the Nacogdoches Dragons will be their next hurdle.
While Hallsville is feeling confident off their first win, so is Nacogdoches. The Dragons had quite an impressive win last Friday beating Kilgore, last year's state finalist, 27-25.
“When we beat those guys, it just gave us confidence going into Hallsville and strengthened us as a team,” said Nacogdoches cornerback Jaylon Lane.
While the two teams have built a new confidence after Week 1, both are not underestimating their opponent's potential.
“I think it will be a really tough one. I think they're better than Carthage,” said Hallsville offensive linemen Brandon Hosey. “They got more depth, they have more speed, and they have more size, so it's going to be a dog fight.”
The Dragons also have a promising secondary that's considered one of the best in the state. Tag teaming in the back is senior Jaylon Lane and junior Brandon Jones. Their offers combined to play at the collegiate level tallies close to 70.
The two think if they make plays early enough in the game against the Bobcats' spread offense, it could alter their game plans quickly.
“I feel like they'll take a chance, but if we make a great play and let a statement be known early, I feel like they'll change up the game plan,” said Lane.
The Dragon's secondary felt slighted when Kilgore decided to run the ball against them, and they're are hoping to see more action in the air against Hallsville.
“I've really been looking forward to this game because I love teams that run spread and pass the ball,” said Lane. “We just want to go out there, make some plays, and make a statement early.”
Going into Friday's game, the Bobcats aren't anticipating on backing down from throwing the ball in the air against anyone, even the Nacogdoches secondary.
“That's not going stop us. We're going to keep working hard and make sure we do what we have to do to win the game,” said Hallsville running back Kha'lil Sneed.
“They're not a fluke. I feel like these guys can play. I see it on film,” said Lane.
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