Jacksonville Daily Progress
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.
Tyler Lee 40, Jacksonville 22
The Tribe played well early and drew first blood when Darrion Parks hauled in a 19-yard toss from McCown that gave the Indians the early 6-0 edge. The game went back-and-forth the rest of the half, with the Red Raiders owning a 21-14 lead at the break. Jacksonville's other touchdown of the first segment came when Franklin shagged a 10-yard scoring strike from McCown. McCown threw a dart to Cash Cleaver for the two-point conversion.
The Red Raiders needed just six plays to get into the end zone on their opening drive of the second half as Lee was able to bump its margin up to 28-14.
Jacksonville bounced back and reduced the Lee lead to a touchdown after Franklin caught a 3-yard scoring reception from McCown, with Cleaver, once again making good on a two-point conversion catch that originated from the 10-yard line by rule.
That was as close as the Tribe would be able to get as the considerable Lee height advantage at receiver made it difficult for the Indians to get the needed stops on defense.
Jacksonville 39, Lindale “B” 0
To say Lindale's sub-varsity team was overmatched would be an under statement — the baby Eagles were shut out on the day, losing 47-0 to Lufkin and falling to Lee by a 53-0 count.
McCown hit Sansom, who exhibited a good pair of hands all day, from 10 yards out on a slant route that accounted for Jacksonville's first score in the game.
Franklin caught the two-point conversion toss from McCown that put Jacksonville up 8-0 and the rout was on from that point.
Jacksonville built a 23-0 halftime lead as McCown hooked up with Datavian Thacker on a 20-yard touchdown catch and dialed up Demontrae Ragsdale for a 21-yard scoring reception.
Sansom and Robinson saw duty in the second half as quarterback, spelling McCown.
Robinson hurled the Tribe's final-two scoring strikes of the day, one going to McCown (12 yards) and the other to Lane (19 yards).