JACKSONVILLE — Although the regular season has ended, there will be at least one more high school soccer match at the Tomato Bowl this season.
Jacksonville and Salado will face off at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the venerable old stadium in downtown Jacksonville in a Class 4-A, Region III Area match.
Salado officials pressed for a coin flip, with the winner getting to host the match on its home pitch.
Jacksonville athletic director Chris Taber must have had a rabbit's foot in his pocket, or maybe a four-leaf clover in his billfold, because he won the coin flip, giving the Tribe the right to play in town in the second round of the playoffs, which does not happen often.
The Tribe hammered Brenham, 5-0, Tuesday to advance to the Area Round, while the Eagles blanked Mexia, 2-0, in their bi-district test.
Salado, which is located in Bell County, near Belton, is 17-4-1 on the year.
The Tribe (18-6-3) finished second in District 35-4A.
Jacksonville and Salado met in the Area Round in the 2012 season, with the Tribe winning 3-0 in Waxahachie.