NACOGDOCHES — Jacksonville rolled into Dragon Stadium on Friday night hoping to play the role of homecoming spoiler for Nacogdoches.
But the Dragons were up for the challenge (and then some) in turning back the Indians 49-14.
Despite putting 49 points on the scoreboard, the real story was how successful Nacogdoches' defense was in stopping the Tribe.
For 22:16, beginning with 16 ticks left in the first half, Nacogdoches held Jacksonville scoreless.
The Dragon offense scored 21-unanswered points to take a comfortable 35-7 lead into intermission.
Jacksonville was able to take advantage of a short field to work with — the Tribe started their march on the Dragon 26-yard line following a 15-yard punt by the Dragons — late in the third period to score what turned out to be the team's final points of the evening.
Jacksonville quarterback Patrick Clater faked a hand off and did a slight stutter-step move to plow in from a yard out, which cut the Nacogdoches lead to 35-14.
Aaron Richardson carried four-consecutive times and picked up 12 yards in a gritty effort during the progression.
Any hope the visitors had at getting back in the game faded away on Nacogdoches' ensuing possession. The Dragons marched 75 yards in 13 plays and got six points when Camorian Thacker bulled into the end zone from less than a yard out with 7:42 left in the game.
After the Dragons had staked themselves a 14-0 lead to open the game, the Indians were able to get on the board when Clater dumped the ball off to Kasey Canady for a 6-yard touchdown reception.
The score came with :16 to go in the first quarter.
Alejandro Pina-Sanchez made good on both of his point after touchdown attempts for the Tribe.
Nacogdoches quarterback Jake Smith tossed touchdown passes covering 14, 24 and 57 yards while rushing 10 times for a net of 26 yards.
Richardson sacked Smith for an 11-yard loss and Sergio Moreyra dropped him for a 12-yard loss.
Thacker was the Dragons' leading rusher. He had 11 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Nazavian Floyd had a pair of touchdown grabs covering 57 and 15 yards, respectively for the winning team.
Richardson finished up with 25 yards on eight carries to pace the Indian ground attack. Dominik Hinojosa toted the rock four times and tallied 19 yards.
The Dragons picked up 442 total yards to the Tribe's 264.
Jacksonville (1-4, 0-1) will host Whitehouse on Oct. 4, while the Dragons (1-4, 1-0) will visit Lindale on the same evening.
Whitehouse pounded Mount Pleasant, 40-14, on Friday, with Lindale losing to Marshall by a score of 49-35.