Often in the world of sports a fast start is just ass important as a strong finish.
Such was the case for the Jacksonville High School freshmen football team Thursday night at Mauldin Field where the Indians fell behind by three touchdowns early and could never recover as Henderson's Lions went on to win 34-8.
The Lions scored first with 4:51 to go in the first when a Lion intercepted a Jacksonville pass and returned it eight yards for a touchdown that put Henderson up 6-0 after the Tribe snuffed out the Lions' attempt at a 2-point conversion.
Henderson took a 28-0 lead into halftime as things did improve, albeit gradually, for the home team in the second period.
Jacksonville's opening stanza was highlighted by a Quon'Datez Brown interception in the end zone that stopped a serious Lion scoring threat with nine ticks left in the segment.
The Jacksonville defense allowed just one Lion score in the second frame which came on a 2-yard touchdown run up the gut as time expired in the first half. The Tribe appeared to have the Lions held in check when Tradarrious Wagoner intercepted the Henderson quarterback in the end zone with nine seconds left, but a roughing the passer penalty against the Tribe negated Wagoner's pick and gave the Lions another chance to get the ball into the end zone, which they did.
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the final half with Jacksonville's lone score of the evening coming with 26 seconds left in the game when Brown motored around the left side from three yards out.
Brayden Horn caught the 2-point conversion pass from Cameron High to make the final score 34-8 in favor of the Lions.
The Lions will get another try to earn a home victory next week when they welcome in Marshall for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.
Henderson is scheduled to visit Chapel Hill at the same time on the same evening.