Hines Goes Off in Dayton Playoff Win

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. Today, we feature Dayton defender N.L. Hines.

Defense typically sets the tones on most football teams. And for the Dayton squad, that was proven many times this season, more so in the recent area round 41-3 win over Waller last Saturday night at Spring ISD George Stadium.

But surely defender N.L. Hines can explain it much better.

"Defense. That's what we play for, defense. This is what holds the team together," Hines said. "If you can't stop a team, you lose."

Apparently, that statement resonated throughout the entire Bronco defense. Dayton held the Waller team to four total first downs and 90 yards of offense. Though there was Bronco defenders flying all around the ball, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Hines was quite the busy body.

On the night he was in on several tackles, but his largest contribution may have been in another area of the game.

"The guy I was lined up against (on the offensive line) was pretty good," Hines said. "But with the quickness and techniques that I was taught by our coaching staff, I was able to get to the quarterback."

While that quote may seem a bit modest, Hines did a little more than just get to the quarterback. Hines made camp in the Bulldog backfield getting in on at least five sacks and a few tackles for loss. He also had a blocked punt. 

"We knew this was going to be a nice, physical game," Hines said. "But it's good to come away with the win."

With the win, Dayton will advance to the regional round to face a tough El Campo team this Friday at Tully Stadium.

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