The Jacksonville Indians returned to the Tomato Bowl and nearly pulled off an upset win over John Tyler's Lions Friday night.
Jacksonville led 7-6 after one quarter of play, but the Lions came back to take a 27-17 advantage into the locker room at the half.
John Tyler ruled out by a final score of 43-30, but the Indians battled to the wire and were inside the Lion 10-yard line inside of two minutes to play and were threatening to score before an interception sealed the deal for the Lions (6-2, 3-0 District 16-4A).
The Lions first score came on the ground as running back, Reggie Gipson scooted in from seven-yards out. The Lions however missed the first of two first half PAT kick attempts for a 6-0 lead.
The Tribe (0-8, 0-3) answered right back as wide receiver, Claude Franklin hauled in a Carter McCown strike for a 23-yard even-up. Indian’s kicker, Ryan Travis converted the PAT boot for a brief 7-6, Jacksonville lead.
Lions, junior quarterback, Geovari McCollister (6'2”, 200 lbs.), got into the flow with an 18-yard run to cap off a 70-yard drive.
Lions defensive back, Jordan Caldwell put an end to the next Tribe drive with an interception.
As the clock rolled down on the first quarter, Indians kicker, Ryan Travis was true on a 22-yard field goal and a 14-10, JT lead.
The last 1:01 of the second quarter got crazy with Jeremy Wilson scoring from one-yard away. Jose Perez kick was good for the 21-10, Lion cushion.
Tribe receiver Claude Franklin hauled in a 18-yards scoring strike from McCown to start the second half scoring. Travis made the kick cut into the 27-24, John Tyler lead.
The Lions however wasted little time, when Gipson scored again on a 10-yard run, and Wilson caught a PAT pass for a 35-24 count at the end of the third quarter.