Jacksonville concludes its non-district season on Friday by journeying to Marshall to take on the Mavericks at 7: 30 p.m. at Maverick Stadium.
The Indians and the Mavs will both be looking for their first win of 2013 as each unit is 0-4.
Both clubs have had tough rows to hoe as the Tribe's losses have come to Carthage, Palestine, Gilmer and Henderson who are a combined 12-4, while the Mavs have been knocked off by Kilgore, Longview Bossier City (La.) Parkway and Whitehouse, who have amassed gaudy combined records of 12-1.
Even though Marshall owns a decisive edge in the overall series, Jacksonville has won the last four meetings against the boys from Harrison County.
The Mavs have a brand new head coach this year as former Jacksonville assistant Clint Harper — yet another Danny Long disciple — was named as the team's head coach in the off season.
Both teams will enjoy their respective off weeks next week before plunging into loop play on Oct. 11.
The Tribe made slight improvement in some areas in a 40-20 road loss to Henderson last week.
Trailing by only a touchdown, 20-14, at intermission, the game was closer than the final score indicated.
“Defensively I thought we played pretty well last week,” Tribe mentor Chris Taber said. “Our offense sputtered...we just haven't been able to put it all together and the light bulb hasn't come on in enough of our young kids' head.
“We have talent and the effort is there, if anything we are still seeing some of our kids trying to do too much.”
The Tribe played without four starters (injuries/illness) last week, which played havoc on the depth situation at some spots, with several Injuns forced to go both ways.
Among the four missing was running back Datavion Thacker (illness) which led to a sub-par performance in the Tribe's running game.