NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A new face will be leading the Nacogdoches offense this year and he goes by the name Noah Hildebrand.
It's a name you may not have heard of because he comes over from Bossier City, Louisiana. The junior has varsity and playoff experience. Last year he played at Airline High School where he threw for over 1,500 hundred yards and 16 touchdowns by the end of the regular season.
Head Coach Bobby Reyes said Hildebrand picked up the offense quickly and proved he's the man for the job.
"He stepped up. He's learned the offense, done a good job of managing, and he throws a good ball," said Reyes. "He makes good decisions and all that figures in. He's a pleasant young man that does things right. He's grown in our offense and I think our offense fits what he does."
"I'm really enjoying it. I picked it up pretty quick actually and I like the way Reyes keeps it simple," said Hildebrand.
Hildebrand admits that coming in as the "new guy" means there are hurdles you have to cross over in gaining new teammates respect and trust. Hildebrand said for the most part he feels settled in now.
"I'm learning the calls at the line, looking at the defense and I know how to read coverages from being at my old school. Whenever you get here you know it's East Texas football," said Hildebrand. "I used to hear about it in Louisiana that there's nothing like Texas High School football. Whenever you get over here, obviously there are big teams but we're big too and we're ready."
Hildebrand will open Nacogdoches' season Friday night in Kilgore. The Dragons and Bulldogs will face off starting at 7:30 p.m.