NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The number seven is all Nacogdoches will be seeing this week as they battle to clinch a playoff spot.
Corsicana and Ennis are the only teams in district 17-5A who have clinched playoff berths. Jacksonville is 2-2, while Nacogdoches, Whitehouse and Lindale are all at a 1-3 record.
The Dragons are set to play Jacksonville this week, and if Nacogdoches can take care of business and beat Jacksonville by seven they're in the playoffs.
If Nacogdoches wins, but not by seven, they need Lindale to beat Whitehouse in order to make the postseason based off the point system.
As the Dragons prep in practice this week, they're looking to take care of their business and tack on those additional seven points, rather than leave their fate in the hands of other teams in their district to pull through.
"We want to handle business right now. We don't want to beat them by seven, we want to beat them by a very good margin. Whitehouse losing to Lindale, that's not good enough. We need to win this game and win it for the seniors," said Nacogdoches receiver Jaylon Douglas.
"We can't worry about what everybody else has to do. We got to worry about us," said Nacogdoches head coach Bobby Reyes. "We got to play and take care of our responsibility. The way to do that means we just got to go out and play. We'll deal with the seven points or the point spread when the time comes. The bottom line is go out and win the football game."
Nacogdoches will be hosting their final district game Friday night against Jacksonville. The game will also be the Dragon's senior night. The contest starts at 7:30 p.m.