NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Dragons were not even picked to make the playoffs by the Dave Campbell magazine earlier this year, but have instead finished third in one of the toughest districts in the state, earning themselves a spot into the bi-district round.
After finishing 7-3 on the season, the Dragons will face Marshall. The Mavericks have an overall record at 6-4.
The Dragons said they were definitely challenged in their district this season, but it's not just the experience they are thankful for. Along the way, Nacogdoches said they faced a wide variety in different styles of play, and won't be seeing anything new against this Marshall team.
"The district prepared us for the playoff run. We have much easier teams to play against in the playoffs," said senior wide receiver Tae Thomas.
"They're similar to us and kind of similar to Whitehouse. They are going to run the ball when they can. They are going to throw the football. They're a multiple offense, they're spread," said head coach Bobby Reyes. "Defensively, they play kind of a split-4, play six-man front, so it's similar things we've seen through the year and I think we'll be really prepared for it and be ready to go."
This game will be Friday night at Longview's Pirate Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.