Four Jacksonville Indians — Claude Franklin, Datavian Thacker, Dedrick Tatum and Tony Lane — were named this week as Players of the Week for the John Tyler game.
Although the Indians were on the losing end of a 43-30 score to the powerful Lions, these four young men's efforts in the game were worthy of special recognition, according to the Jacksonville coaching staff.
Franklin, a senior wide out, had a pair of touchdown catches and returned a kick off 58 yards for a touchdown, in what was the senior's finest game of the season.
On Monday Franklin was honored as the Daily Progress Player of the Week for the Cherokee County and Southern Smith County coverage area.
Thacker, a sophomore, rushed for 40 yards and had five catches for 91 yards and was a major reason that the Tribe's offense was able to get back on track last week.
Another 10th-grader, Dedrick Tatum, a linebacker was also lauded for his work last Friday night at Tomato Bowl.
Senior Tony Lane, a two-way starter for the Tribe, was the final player to be heralded this week.
Lane had eight catches for 50 yards, with several of those grabs being critical catches, according to Tribe head coach Chris Taber.
“Not only did Tony (Lane) have quite a few catches for us, but a lot of those came on third down and we were able to move the chains in key situations,” Taber said. “Tony also played well on defense and he had a good overall game.”
Jacksonville (0-8, 0-3 in 16-4A) travels to Lindale (2-6, 1-2) on Friday. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.