Categorizing his team's 35-28 loss to Marshall last Friday night as Jacksonville's “best game of the year”, Tribe head coach Chris Taber had good things to say about quite of few of his players, with three of those young men ultimately being selected as Jacksonville's Players of the Week.
The Fight'n Indian offense got back on track in a major way by amassing nearly 500 yards of total offense, which is enough to make just about any coach smile.
“Offensively we played a good game and had 475 yards of total offense, with 350 of that coming on the ground,” Taber said. “That was one of our goals going into the Marshall game, to establish the run, and we were able to accomplish that.”
Tribe signal caller Carter McCown rushed for nearly half of Jacksonville's total yards on the ground, netting 129. He ran for two scores and passed for another in turning in another solid effort.
The lanky junior, in fact, had a hand in 71-percent (336) of his team's total yards in the game.
For his efforts, McCown was picked as an Indian Player of the Week by the Jacksonville coaching staff.
Senior wideout Claude Franklin earned Player of the Week honors for the second week in-a-row after coming up with seven grabs for 80 yards, with two of his catches being touchdown snags.
One covered 14 yards and the other four and both were thrown by McCown.
“I think we are seeing Claude (Franklin) and Carter (McCown) getting more and more comfortable with each other out there each week,” Taber said.
A recent promotee from the junior varsity squad, middle linebacker Dedrick Tatum, also picked up Player of the Week honors.
“Tatum is just a sophomore, but he stepped up and made some things happen for us Friday night,” Taber said. “Was he perfect? No, but he did a lot of things right and that was good to see.”
Indians using bye week for additional work for district opener
Often the words “enjoy” and “bye week” are used in the same sentence.
There's not going to be too much enjoyment on tap for the football Indians this week, who are off Friday and will open District 16-4A at home on Oct. 11 against a much-improved Nacogdoches squad.
“It will be business as usual around here this week,” Taber said. “We still have a lot of thing to work on and we want to hopefully use this extra time to prepare for Nacogdoches. I've said all along that this Nacogdoches team is a veteran team that is extremely talented and we hope the extra time we have to get ready to face them will be an advantage for use.”
The Bobby Reyes-coached Dragons (3-1) are not off this week, as they will have to travel to Longview to take on Pine Tree in their final non-conference affair.