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.