Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 25, 2012

Indians looking to get back on track

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Indians will have one last chance to get back on track before the District 16-4A race begins on Oct. 5.

Jacksonville will come into Friday's game against Marshall (7:30 p.m. Friday, Tomato Bowl) having been defeated, 37-13, by Henderson last week.

Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber said that he was not pleased with the way his squad played last week.

“We have played really well, well enough to win, in a couple of our games, and in the other two we have not played up to our capability,” Taber said.

With a half-dozen starters standing along the side line nursing various injuries last week, it is safe to say the the Tribe had far less than a full quiver of arrows to fire at the Lions.

If Jacksonville is lucky, the injury list will not be as long for this week's game against the winless (0-4) Mavericks.

“Hopefully we can get some kids back this week,” Taber said. “We've got some who are getting better and are getting stronger, so hopefully some of them will be ready to go this week.  It will probably be at least Wednesday before we know anything for sure.”

With so may starters playing both ways, Taber said the affect of losing six starters is actually more debilitating than it sounds.

“When you are playing without six kids that start both on offense and defense it's like being without 12 starters really, and that's a lot for any team to overcome,” he said.

Friday's game will be the highlight of this week's Jacksonville homecoming activities and Marshall seems like an ideal opponent.

The Mavs have lost their games by an average score of 50-10 this year.

And, just as the case with the Fight'n Indians, the Mavs have played a very daunting non-conference schedule.

“Marshall is not a bad football team,” Taber said. “In some ways they are a lot like us in that they are still trying to put everything together and get the right kids in the right spots.”