Miseries continued for Jacksonville on a wet Friday night at Lions Stadium as the Henderson Lions were able to crack the win column for the first time in 2013 by beating the Tribe 40-20.
Jacksonville fell to 0-4 with the defeat in a game that was played on a water-logged natural grass surface in front of a paltry crowd estimated at 900.
The win was the first for new Lions mentor Phil Castle, who took over the Henderson program in the off season after having previously serving as head coach at Corsicana High School.
Lion quarterback Zane Boles burned the youthful Tribe defenders with his arm and with his feet and kept Jacksonville on its heels especially in the second half.
Boles, a junior, went 18-34-0 (263 yards) through the air and passed for two touchdowns. On the ground he rushed a dozen times for 66 yards and a score.
Jacksonville played its best half of football since the season opener in the opening 24 minutes of play on Friday.
Henderson carried a 20-13 lead into the dressing room, with the difference in the half being a Carter McCown punt that was blocked with5:49 to go in the second stanza.
The ball was recovered in the end zone by the Lions' Seth Hensley for six-quick Lion points.
McCown, as he has done several times this season lined up under center on fourth down deep in Jacksonville territory and first attempted to draw the Lions off sides. When Henderson didn't take the bait McCown dropped back for the quick punt.
Henderson's ability to keep the Tribe from scoring in the third quarter while the game was undecided turned out to be the nail in the coffin for the Indians as Henderson was able to build a 33-14 lead heading into the final frame.
For the Tribe defenders it was more of the same — poor tackling and vulnerability defending the long pass — which Henderson took advantage of.
The Tribe broke the scoring ice when McCown raced around the right side for a 54-yard touchdown that came with 11:27 to go in the first period.
The Tribe at that time held what turned out to be their only lead of the contest, 7-0, following Ryan Travis' PAT.
With just under six minutes to go in the first half McCown dialed up Claude Franklin for an electrifying 85-yard catch-and-run that pulled the Indians to within six, 20-14.
The Tribe's final points came on a defensive touchdown.
Forest Burton fell on top of a Lion fumble in the end zone with 5:29 to go in the game, which were the visitor's final points of the evening.
Jacksonville was threatening to score deep in Henderson territory late in the second quarter, but a botched trick play on fourth down run out of the wildcat formation with McCown lining up as a slot receiver resulted in an Indian fumble that was recovered by the Lions.
Timothy Boseman, a senior, came up with a fumble recovery for the Tribe
Henderson finished with 420 total yards to 361 by the Tribe.
Jacksonville closes out non-district play next Friday by visiting Marshall (1-3). Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.at Maverick Stadium.
Henderson 40, Jacksonville 20
Jacksonville 7 7 0 6 — 20
Henderson 20 0 13 7 — 40
J-Carter McCown 54 run (Ryan Travis kick), 11:27
H-Tristan Lary 29 pass from Zane Boles (Edward Sanchez kick), 6:18
H-Seth Hensley recovered blocked punt in end zone (kick failed), 5:49
J-Claude Franklin 85 pass from McCown (Travis kick), 5:54
H-Tre Hollins 18 pass from Boles (pass failed), 7:42
H-Boles 22 run (Sanchez kick), 5:03
H-Tim Hogan 18 run (Sanchez kick), 9:05
J-Forest Burton recovered fumble in end zone (kick failed), 5:29