Palestine quarter- back, Gee Clark ran up a combined 237- yards in carries and had two scoring completions in the first half alone, lead- ing his Wildcats to a dominating 56-35, win over the visiting Jacksonville Indians, on Thursday night at Wildcat Stadium.
The game was moved up a day in order for a live broadcast by KTXA Channel 21, of Dallas to air the game, which was a first in the 100-year history of Indian football.
Palestine took a 34-7 advantage into the intermission after Clark ran for two scores, and threw for a couple more, accounting for the big cushion at the intermission with 58-yards rushing and two scores, and 6 of 13 for 179 in the air in the opening half..
Two plays into the game. Clark found Jarrell Owens for a 66-yard scor- ing connection, and the Jose Rosales staked an early lead.
Jacksonville appeared to be ready to make it a game, as running back, answering the score 57-seconds later as Indian signal-caller, Carter McCown found Tony Lane for a six-yard TD strike. The Ryan Travis PAT tied the game 7-7.
Clark tacked on a 12-yard TD jaunt, and threw a 58-yard scoring toss to Sheldon Watson on the first play of the second quarter for a 19-7, Palestine lead. After a Indian's interception, Clark bulled over as the tie in the first half ran out. A two-point pass was completed for the 24-7, Palestine lead.
The Wildcats held a 355-64 advan- tage in total yards at halftime.
McCown was a solid 18 of 37 for 268 yards. Stacy Cummings had 39 yards in five carries, and Parish, 35-yards in five tries.
For Palestine, Ben Luckett ran for 245-yards on 26 carries to accompany 179-yards via the air from Clark. Trent Sansom had five catches for 53-yards to lead the Indians receivers.
The Indians got an interception from Lakendrick Anderson to set up the first Jacksonville tally.
The Wildcats got a first half pickoff from Brian Gumlett.
Jacksonville’s young defenders con- tinued to str uggle in the game.
After giving up just over 500 total yards to No. 1-ranked Car thage last week, the Tribe surrendered 618 yards to the unranked Wildcats.
The Indians (0-2) will next play host to Gilmer. Palestine (2-0), will travel to Mansfield-Summit.
Both of those contests will be played next Friday night, which will also be homecoming in Jacksonville.
Wildcat Stadium, Palestine TX Palestine 56, Jacksonville 35
Score by Quarter
Jacksonville 7 0 14 14 - 35 Palestine 13 21 0 22 - 56
Scoring Summary First Quarter P: Jarrell Owens 67 pass from (Jose
Rosales PAT kick), 11:20 J: Tony Lane 6 pass from Carter
McCown, (Ryan Travis PAT kick), 8:58
P: Gee Clark 12 run, (PAT kick blocked), 1:38
P: Clark 52 run, (PAT pass failed), 11:48
P: Sheldon Watson 58 pass from Clark, ( PAT run), 9:27
P: Clark 1 run, (PAT run good), :00 Third Quarter: J: Lane 21 pass from McCown,
(Travis PAT kick), 8:58 J: Shylar Schreier 9 pass from
McCown, (Travis PAT kick), 3:57
P: Luckett 9 run, (Rosales PAT kick), 10:18.
J: Braylon Parish 10 run, (Travis PAT kick), 8:15
P: Sheldon Watson 20 run, (Watson Gumlett good), 6:13
J: Ja’Vonte Robinson 20 pass from McCown, (Travis PAT kick), 4:48
P: Marcus Robinson 20 run, (Rosales PAT kick), 1:54
Est. Att: 3,500