Jacksonville made it exciting with 6:30 remaining in the game as McCown found Datavion Thacker wide open in the end zone for a third TD pass of the game from McCown.
JT got a great return from Wilson to answer the score and set up the Lions at the Indians 30.
Four plays later, Rodney Bendy caught a 6-yard TD catch, and McCollister ran the PAT conversion in for a 43-30 advantage.
Gipson finished the game with 11 carries and 122-yards. McCollister was the leader on the ground with 185-yards in 23 carries. The Lion QB also threw for 148-yards, going 10-of-20, and added his 185 on the ground for a combined 333 yards of offense.
Through the air, Jacksonville managed 269-yards with Carter McCown going 24-for-41, in the game.
The Tribe QB, McCown led the team in rushing with 65-yards in nine carries. Brayden Parrish added 33-yards on nine tries. The leading receiver for Jacksonville was Tony Lane with seven catches for 50 yards.
The Lions held a 268-200 lead in total yardage at the half.
John Tyler under the guidance of head coach Ricklan Holmes, has district wins over Corsicana and Lindale, and now needs one win to clinch a playoff spot.
The Tribe (0-8; 0-3), will need wins in its final two conference games (at Lindale and versus Corsicana) to advance to post season play.
John Tyler 43, Jacksonville 30
John Tyler 6 21 7 7 - 43
Jacksonville 7 10 7 6 - 30
JT: Reggie Gipson 7 run, (kick no good), 6:41
JAC: Claude Franklin 23 pass from Carter McCown, (Ryan Travis kick), 4:06
JT: Geovani McCollister 18 run, (Gipson PAT pass from McCollister), 8:00.
JAC: Ryan Travis 22 field goal, 2:23.
JT: Jeremy Wilson 1 run, (Jose Perez kick), 1:01
JAC: Franklin 68 kickoff return, (Travis kick), :51.
JT: McCollister 2 run, (kick no good), :07.
JAC: Franklin 19 pass from McCown, (Travis kick good), 8:28.
JT: Gipson 10 run, (Wilson PAT pass from McCollister), 5:24
JAC: Datavion Thacker 30 pass from McCown, (PAT pass intercepted), 6:30
JT: Rodney Bendy 6 pass from McCollister, (McCollister PAT run), 4:20.
First Downs 29 20
Rushes/Yds. 22-186 25-136
Comp-Att-Int 10-20-0 23-42-2
Passing Yds. 148 269
Punts/Avg. 4-36.5 2-27.5
Penalties/Yds 6-41 12-85
Fumbles/Lost 3-2 1-0