Those proverbial football gods didn't smile upon the Jacksonville Fightin' Indians very much last season, but things have already started shaping up in a much more positive manner for the Tribe.
For example, Jacksonville will be playing at Tomato Bowl on a whopping six Friday nights this fall.
“Overall we have a tough schedule,”Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach, Chris Taber said. “But our kids are excited about it and they are ready for the challenge.”
The first two regular season games (Pine Tree, Aug. 29) and the following week versus long-time rival Palestine will take place on the Tribe's home turf, which should give the Indians a boost right out of the starting blocks.
On Sept. 12 Jacksonville will pack up the show for the first time and travel to Mount Pleasant to take on the Tigers.
Taber, said that he felt that it was important to schedule Class 5A schools in non-district, so that he could gauge early on how the Indians stacked up against similar foes.
“When I made the non-district schedule I wanted to schedule teams that were on the same level as us while playing as many 5-A teams as we could, so that we could get a true measure of where we are and where we need to be.
“Pine Tree and Mount Pleasant, both 5A schools, are good football teams and that will let us know early on exactly where we are. Palestine is a Class 4A school, but that is an extremely strong program over there and our fans want to see us playing Palestine because of the rivalry.”
After a bye week on Sept. 19 the Indians will open District 16-5A play by welcoming the Lions of Ennis to town.
After a Oct. 3 test at Corsicana, the Tribe will be back at Tomato Bowl on consecutive Fridays for league battles against Lindale on Oct. 10 (which will also be homecoming for Jacksonville) and against Nacogdoches' Dragons on Oct. 17.