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Nacogdoches' Noah Hildebrand has strong debut against Kilgore


The Nacogdoches Dragons had a great showing last Friday night after getting the "W" against Kilgore, 28-10.

Leading the offense for his Nacogdoches debut was Noah Hildebrand. The junior quarterback connected 15-of-19 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a showing head coach Bobby Reyes was pleased with and a huge win for a young team to build on.

“It's a really big deal winning that first game. It's always good to get that first one under your belt, not start off 0-1 and feel like you're in a hole and have to claw your way back,” said Hildebrand. “I guess I was a little bit nervous  because it was the first game, but second game, I definitely feel more comfortable and I'm sure we're going to be ready to play.”

“When you're young, anytime you can get a win it's huge for you. We're really young with very few kids back who were starters for us last year, so it builds your confidence and it helps you,” said Reyes.

Reyes saw a lot of great things out of his offense against Kilgore. Running back Phillip Jones certainly contributed to Hildebrand’s great start. Jones carried 31 times for 151 yards. Hildebrand did throw one interception by the end of the night, and Reyes is expecting the quarterback to fix some other minor mistakes as he adapts to the new offense.  

“We know every week will be a bigger test for us so we just need to build on the win. I feel like we did some good things offensively. I expected Noah to play well and I feel like he played well. He made some mistakes we need to get corrected and he's working on getting those corrected,” said Reyes. “I think every time we go out he's going to continue to get better.”

The Dragons will get to play their first game on their new turf this Friday night. They'll start their battle with Hallsville at 7:30 p.m.

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