Nacogdoches next up for John Tyler


Nacogdoches Dragons

Next up: John Tyler, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Head coach: Bobby Reyes (first year)

Record: 0-8 (0-3 in 16-4A).

Season results: Henderson, L 14-26; Lufkin, L 7-45; Carthage, L 21-44; Hallsville, L 12-40; Pine Tree, L 21-28; Jacksonville, L 29-35; Corsicana, L 7-28; Whitehouse, L 21-52.

Records since 2007: 5-5, 6-4, 3-7, 3-7, 1-9.

All-time playoff appearances: 9.

Players to watch: QB Patrick Ledet (5-11, 190, Sr.), DE Greg Roberts (6-3, 290, Jr.), LB Brian Scott (6-2, 200, Jr.).

Offensive outlook: Nacogdoches averaged 16.5 points over the first eight games, and has yet to crack the 30-point plateau. Nacogdoches gained 226 yards in the Whitehouse loss, only 30 yards rushing. The Dragons turned the ball over three times to lose their 14th consecutive game.

Defensive outlook: The Dragons allowed 37.2 points the past two months. Nacogdoches yielded 338 total yards to Whitehouse, while giving up more than 40 points for the fourth time. Nacogdoches held Whitehouse to 40 yards rushing in a game it trailed 21-13 at halftime.

Team strengths: Defensive line, where Roberts, the son of former Outland Trophy Greg Roberts of Oklahoma Sooners fame, lines up.

Noteworthy: Nacogdoches has only five winning seasons to its credit over the last 25 years.

Quoteworthy: It’s a matter of them buying into a new system. …They’re starting to understand.” — John Tyler head coach Ricklan Holmes