NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Dragons will be opening their season against a 4A school, that's not your average 4A school.
Kilgore will be next on the Dragons hit list, and their defense will be tested in every aspect from their defensive line to their young secondary with Bulldog quarterback Patrick Johnson.
The play caller is versatile and had five runs for over 70 yards each in just two scrimmages this year. Not to mention, he can sling it too.
The Dragons strong D-line will be hard to break through, but it's the inexperienced secondary that will be tested. They've already shown growth during the preseason, and with a great D-line adding quarterback pressure, it will in turn take some pressure off the backfield.
"The line is bigger and faster than last year and that gives us enough time to get in coverage while they're chasing him. It helps out a lot," said senior linebacker Derrick Wright. "We got to play our keys and be responsible because if we mess up, it will give them an opportunity to score."
"We know we're going to be tested in the secondary. We know people are going to be able to throw the football. We've just got to continue to get better and get good pressure on them," said head coach Bobby Reyes. "If we get good pressure, then you got to throw the ball quicker and that helps your secondary. I think our kids are really coming around in the secondary. They're a talented group. They're just a little young in some areas but we expect them to play well."
Nacogdoches will host this contest against Kilgore, Friday night, starting at 7:30 p.m.