Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 3, 2013

Tribe Players of the Week: McCown, Thacker, Franklin named as offensive standouts

Anderson, Simmons top defensive performers

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



To put up 28 points against the top ranked Class 3A team in Texas as the Jacksonville Indians did Friday night in the 2013 opener, a game the Tribe lost 42-28 to Carthage, takes the efforts of many, with three of the Tribe's key offensive players being named Players of the Week on Tuesday morning.

Offensive coordinator Sam Brandt lauded the efforts of quarterback Carter McCown, running back Datavian Thacker and wide out Claude Franklin for their stellar performances on Friday.

“I think Carter's number speak for themselves,” Brandt said.

The junior signal caller passed for 310 yards and a touchdown while going 27 of 42 through the air with no interceptions.

Jacksonville unleashed a respectable ground attack against the Bulldogs as well, with sophomore Thacker leading the Tribe in rushing.

“Thacker ran for 87 yards in his first varsity game,” Brandt said. “I think you could say he had a pretty good night.”

Franklin, a senior, who is playing on the varsity unit for the first time was equally impressive, catching five passes for 90 yards (18 yards per catch), officially.

Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mike Waldie submitted two young men as the team's Players of the Week on the defensive side.

“When we went back and looked at the tape and graded the defensive players out, two kids really stood out, Lakendrick Anderson and Tommy Simmons,” Waldie said. “The grade out method (of evaluating performance) not only takes into account the number of tackles and so forth, but it also takes away any negative things a player does, so it is much more complete than just saying a certain player had seven tackles and another one made six.”

Anderson made five tackles, had one behind the line and had a pair of quarterback hurries while Simmons collected six stops and two quarterback hurries.

Both Anderson and Simmons are seniors.

“We started four sophomores and a freshman against the number one team in the state Friday night,” Waldie said. “I wasn't disappointed with our effort, but blown assignments in the secondary led to big plays (for Carthage) and at times we just didn't tackle well.

“How fast we can learn and fix our mistakes and grow up will determine how fast we get better.”