Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Lindale locked up the final playoff berth in District 16-4A by coming from behind and scoring a touchdown in the final 6.5 seconds of the game to top Jacksonville 59-55 at Eagle Stadium Friday.
The Eagles defeated Corsicana last week and are now 3-6, 2-2, with one regular-season game left on the docket.
The Indians dropped to 0-9, 0-4 as a result of the loss.
Jacksonville quarterback, Carter McCown ran for 253-yards and two scores, and added another 360-yards via the air to account for 613-yards total in the game but it was his last minute drive that almost won the game as he ran in from 8-yards with 36-seconds left in the game..
However the old hook-and-lateral to Aaron Jackson from Eagle QB, David Slice was good for 73-yards, set up a touchdown pass from Slice to Justin Willis for the final seven-yards, with .6-seconds left in the game for a thrilling 59-55, win.
The Lindale Eagles made three interceptions and recovered two Tribe fumbles to take a lead most of the game until McCown and company got rolling. at Eagle Stadium in a 16-4A battle.
McCown rambled 52-yards for a score with 7:24 left in the game. The PAT pass failed to make it a 52-48, Lindale lead as the Indians picked up momentum.
The final Jacksonville score started with the clock at 3:33 left in the game, and the Tribe at their own 8-yard line.
The Tribe (0-9; 0-4), appeared to be headed to scoring first as Tribe quarterback, Carter McCown made a 62-yard run down to the 16-yard line of the Eagles. Two plays later, McCown threw his first of three interceptions to halt the Tribe threat.
The Eagles marched 80-yards in seven plays before Delerius Garrett blasted in form 7-yards away. The Jordan Lawless PAT kick was true for a 7-0, Eagles lead.
Lindale’s, Nathan Evans made the second pickoff of a McCown pass in the next Tribe possession at their own 45-yard line.
Two plays later the Eagles connected on a 55-yard scoring toss from Slice to Tayton Williams, and the PAT kick added on made it a 14-0 affair with 19-seconds left in the quarter.
The Tribe made the most of a 21-yard kick off return by Lakendrick Anderson at the Eagles, 27-yard line.
Two plays later McCown found Lane from 22-yards away, and the Ryan Travis PAT boot made it a 14-7 score after one period.
A dive up the middle was fumbled by the Indians, and Garrett was the man on the spot as he scooped the ball up and ran in from eight-yards away for another Eagle TD..
The Indians, strung together a quick 1:57 drive that was capped off by Braylon Parish running in from five-yards, and the PAT kick made it a 21-14, Eagles advantage.
Aaron Jackson clipped the 100-yard mark as he scored on a 15-yard sweep, and the kick made it a 28-14, Eagles cushion. Jackson rambled for 156-yards in 21 carries in the first half alone.
Jackson totaled out with 40 carries and 287-yards, good for one TD.
McCown went to the air in the next drive and capped off the 52-yard drive with a 27-yard pass to Trent Sansom for the score, and the extra point made it a 28-20.
The Eagles came right back at the Tribe and booted a 33-yard field goal with 32-seconds left before intermission.
Jacksonville attempted another last minute score with a long pass that was intercepted for T.J Griffin’s second pick of the game and a 31-20 score at the break.
The Indians surprised the Eagles and recovered an on-sides kick at the Lindale 37-yard line.
The next play, McCown scrambled and ran down the left sideline for an untouched scoring run, and the kick made it 31-27.
Lindale 59, Jacksonville 55
Jacksonville 7 13 14 21 - 55
Lindale 14 17 14 14 - 59
First Quarter –
L: Deleris Garrett 7 run, (Jordan Lawless kick good), 4:07
L: Tayton Williams 55 pass from David Slice, (Lawless kick), :19.
J: Tony Lane 22 pass from Carter McCown, (Ryan Travis kick good), 00
Second Quarter –
L: Garrett 8 fumble return, (Lawless kick), 9:21
J: Braylon Parish 5 run, (Travis kick), 7:24.
L: Aaron Jackson 15 run, (Lawless kick good), 5:32
J:Trent Sansom 27 pass from McCown, (bad snap), 3:15
L: Lawless 33 field goal, :32.
Third Quarter - .
J: McCown 37 run, (Travis kick good), 11:49.
L: Tate Coomer 8 run, (Lawless kick good), 10:47
L: Jesse Valdez 1 pass from Slice, (Lawless kick good), 6:18.
J: Sansom 34 pass from McCown, (14 PAT pass from McCown), 6:09.
Fourth Quarter –
J: McCown 17 run, (Travis kick good), 11:14
L: Valdez 42 run, (Lawless kick good), 9:45.
J: McCown 52 run, (PAT pass no good), 7:24
J: McCown 8 run, (Travis kick good), :36.5
L: Court Brown 7 pass from Slice (Lawless kick good), :6.5