Jacksonville was hoping to build on its successful play in the Bullard 7-on-7 League, where the Indians have posted a 5-1 record thus far, Saturday at the Tyler 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament, held at Lindsey Park.
The step up from taking on Bullard, Arp, Frankston, Brook Hill, etc. on Monday nights to battling Class 5-A's Lufkin and Tyler Lee proved to be an insurmountable task for the Tribe as state-qualified Lufkin doused Jacksonville 51-13 in the Indians' first game of the morning.
Immediately following, Lee's Red Raiders bested the Tribe, 40-22.
Jacksonville closed out its day on a positive note by earning a 39-0 win over Lindale “B”, which was made up of junior varsity and freshman players.
Lee went on to win the pool as Lufkin had already qualified for the upcoming State 7-on-7 Tournament in Leander and thus was not eligible to advance out of pool play.
Advancing into the state tournament were Lee and Longview, the top finishes in the tournament, which also included teams from Whitehouse and John Tyler.
Lufkin 51, Jacksonville 13
Panther quarterback Trey Cumbie connected for seven scoring strikes as Lufkin built a 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Cumbie connected with Texas A&M pledge Jamal Jeffery for three scores and dialed up Texas commit, Key'Vantie Coutee for two more.
Lufkin got the ball first to open the second half, with the Tribe defense forcing the Panthers to go three and out, giving the young Jacksonville defenders their first stop of the day.
The Tribe finally got on the board on the sixth play of its opening possession in the final half when Carter McCown hit Claude Franklin for a 5-yard scoring reception.
The score was set up by a 14-yard McCown to JaColby Robinson catch and a pass interference call against Lufkin that moved the ball down to the 5-yard line.
The Tribe's remaining score came when McCown found Tony Lane wide open in the end zone from about 18 yards out.
The ensuing two-point conversion try was no good.