Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

September 19, 2012

Jacksonville looking to improve special teams play as a hungry Henderson team comes to town

JACKSONVILLE — Be it fishing or football, if one follows either sport for very long, it is inevitable to hear about the one that got away.

The Jacksonville Indians let last Friday's game against state-ranked Gilmer slip away — the Tribe (1-2) led 26-7 with 9:18 to play in the third quarter before the No. 17-ranked (Class 3A) Buckeyes (2-1) made a furious comeback effort to post a 34-33 win over the Indians.

The Tribe's inability to seal the deal wasn't because of lack of effort, rather a shortage of bodies.

Jacksonville went into last week's game minus five starters including standouts Carter McCown, Sha'kil Mosley and Stacy Cummings.

“Our kids played their tails off, but our injuries showed up in the fourth quarter,” Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber said. “When you have five starters out and many of your kids are playing both ways already, you don't have the depth to sub some kids out.

“D.D. Franklin played the entire game at quarterback and at corner. Darrell Minifee was in on 174 snaps.”

Taber said that he feels that like he will be able to do a better job in allocating personnel this week, should the Tribe find itself short handed once again.

“I've sat down with our coaches and we have discussed some things about how we can utilize our kids, based on what we learned last week, and I think that we will be more able to do a better job in that area from a coaching point of view if we continue to have several kids out,” Taber said.

McCown is not expected to be available for Friday's non-district tilt against Henderson, but the status of Mosley and Cummings wasn't know as of press time and may not be decided upon until the very last minute, as injuries both sustained in practice last week continue to heal.

One area that the Tribe will have to get better in this week is in special teams.

From missing the first point after touchdown try early in the first quarter to a mishandled snap on a punt deep in Indian territory in the closing minutes, special teams were not very special last week, to say the least.

“We lost the battle of special teams on Friday night,” Taber said. “They (Gilmer) got an on-side kick that they never should have got, we missed a point after touchdown in a one-point game and we had a problem on snap on a punt there very late in the game that everyone remembers.”

Taber said that the issues the Indians incurred had nothing to do with lack of preparation, but more to do with kids playing out of position, which is a residual of having a handful of injuries to deal with.

“When you have new guys in new spots because of injuries sometimes your execution is not as good and we didn't execute (on special teams) well,”Taber said. “We spend a bunch of time every week in practice working on special teams, so our problems were not because of lack of practice.”

Henderson and Jacksonville first met way back in 1919 and Friday's game will be the 80th meeting between the two teams — the Lions have won 60-percent of those contests.

The last time the two teams played, the Indians won 56-55 in 2009 in a game that was played at Lions Stadium.

Jacksonville Indians

The Tribe exited last week's game with many positives.

For starters, the offensive line played much better, and Franklin proved to be a more than adequate replacement for McCown under center.

Franklin carried the ball 20 times and picked up 152 yards and scored one rushing touchdown.

He went 9-of-18 through the air for 146 yards and two touchdowns and just for grins he picked off a Gilmer pass and returned it for six points.

Trevor Ewalt, who has played at quarterback this year as well did a commendable performance  running the ball and netting yardage in key situations as the Tribe unveiled the two-quarterback backfield for the first time last week.

And, defensive coordinator Mike Waldie's boys did a good for most of the night in keeping Gilmer in check, until fatigue set in due to being thin in number.

Henderson Lions

Look for Henderson, coached by Dickey Meeks, to come into the game fired up and blood thirsty as the Lions had one to slip away from them last week as well, as Hallsville eked out a 21-20 upset win to spoil Henderson Homecoming 2012.

Much like Jacksonville, Henderson's special teams had their share of gaffes last Friday, with some of those being spurred on by poor field conditions due to heavy rain that fell before and during portions of the game.

Overall the Lions coughed up the pigskin 12 times last week, and lost four of those.

The Lions took a late 20-14 lead, with a botched snap on the PAT try coming back to bite Henderson big time.

Then in the closing moments, trailing by one point, the Lions lined up for a 26-yard field goal attempt that would have given them the win.

But, the snap was mishandled and that ended the Lions' hopes once and for all.

As a result of the defeat, Henderson at 1-2 sees its record dip below .500 for the first time since 2009.

Henderson's only win was a road win that came in Week 1, a 26-14 verdict over Nacogdoches.

The Lion defense has shown a knack for getting stronger as the game wears on — Henderson held Nacogdoches to minus-40 yards in the second half and limited Hallsville to just 43 total yards and three first downs in the final 24 minutes last week, so first half success by the Indians may be imperative in this game.

Friday's game will be Henderson's final non-district outing before the Lions travel to Spring Hill to kick off District 16-3A play next week, so a big effort from Henderson is expected in this one.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • JJHS logo.png Class 4A Area meet:Tribe's Thacker takes the gold in long jump

    Datavion Thacker of Jacksonville High School qualified for the Class 4A, Region II Meet, to be held at University of Texas-Arlington next week, in two events, long jump and the 100M dash.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-golf.JPG Class 4A, Region II Golf Championship: Future looks bright for Tribe golf

    Jacksonville been absent from the regional golf tournament for a number of year, but that changed earlier this week when head coach Cecil Newton's Tribe golf team took part in the 36-hole Class 4A, Region II Championship Tournament.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • eagles_rusk_boys_varsity_basketball_winter_12-13.gif Rusk track & field to send 5 to upcoming regional meet

    As a result of their performances at the Class 3A District 19-20 Area meet, which was hosted by Carthage High School on Wednesday, five student-athletes from Rusk High School have earned a spot in the Class 3A, Region III Meet, slated for George Turner Stadium in Humble (April 25-26).

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 9926366.jpg Rusk-ex Collins named SBC Pitcher of the Week

    For the second time this season Callie Collins of University of Texas Arlington (UTA) has been named as the Sunbelt Conference Pitcher of the Week.

    Collins, a senior, played high school softball at Rusk High School.

    Collins went 2-0 in the circle last week and pitched a pair of complete game victories for the Mavericks.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_8831-1.jpg JMS Tennis: Roper wins first place in Kilgore tourney

    Hannah Roper, representing Jacksonville Middle School, won the 8th-grade girls singles championship at the Kilgore Middle School Tournament on Friday while Thomas Brewer came away with the consolation crown in the 7th-grade boys flight.

    And, those success stories were just the tip of the tennis iceberg for JMS.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • troup_tigers.gif Troup Tiger golfers to return to state tournament

    The UIL Class 2A state golf tournament would not be complete without the Troup Tigers included in the mix.

    The young men from Troup made sure that they will be in this year's state tournament on April 30-May 1 in Austin by coming in second at the Class 2A Region III Golf Tournament.

    The tourney took place Tuesday at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-17-Maidens team.JPG Fightin' Maiden softball earns first-ever playoff berth

    As the late afternoon sun slowly dipped below the horizon Tuesday at Faulkner Park in Tyler, there was a soaking-wet head softball coach and a team of excited young Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens that had streaks of white chalk smeared across their faces, uniform tops and pants, milling around the infield, in no hurry to board the team bus for the ride back home.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 04-17-JHS bsb. + foto.jpg 16-4A Baseball: Jacksonville trounces John Tyler, 11-0

    Chris Holcomb stroked a three-run triple that traveled to the fence in left field in the third inning, which was a part of a 2 for 3 night, as Jacksonville plastered John Tyler, 11-0, Tuesday in a District 16-4A encounter that was played at Mike Carter Field.

    Racking up three RBI and two runs scored for the Tribe (7-16-1, 2-6 16-4A), Holcomb triggered a six-run third stanza for Jacksonville, with the Indians scoring the remained of their runs in the fifth frame.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto.gif Crisp no-hitter sends Lady jackets to 16-1 win over Wells

    Alto celebrated Senior Night Friday by trampling Wells, 16-1, in a game that featured a no-hitter being thrown by Lady Jacket Madison Crisp.

    Crisp struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in coasting to the win.

    Alto recognized its two seniors, Carenza Johnson and Dariyana Moore, on their special day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • troup_tigers.gif Mallard, Smith pick up 4 hits each as Troup whips Frankston

    Mason Mallard and Logan Smtih accounted for four hits each on Tuesday when Troup chalked up a 12-0 route over Frankston.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Men's Basketball
LOCAL MAGAZINE
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide