Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Jacksonville Indians' offense continued to perform well in the Tribe's latest game last Thursday which resulted in a loss to rival Palestine.
Despite playing Carthage, the top-ranked team in Class 3A and an undefeated Palestine club, the Tribe have managed to score and average of 31.5 points a game, a figure that Taber is pleased with.
“Normally if you averaging 31 points a game you should be beating some teams,” Taber said. “We have young kids and some guys that are playing on the varsity team for the first time this season and offensively these kids have responded well and are executing their assignments and are playing pretty good football.
“In addition to Carter (McCown) and Tony (Lane), who led us against Palestine and are our Players of the Week, we've had some good (offensive) efforts turned in by sophomore Cash Cleaver and (seniors) Trent Sansom and Claude Franklin. When we get our younger guys up to speed on the defensive side, we will have a good football team.”
McCown, a junior, went 18-37-1 last week and passed for 263 yards and four touchdowns.
Lane, a senior, had four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns as the Jacksonville offensive rallied in the second half to close ground on the strength of scoring on three of its first four possessions of the final half.
Jacksonville is back home Friday when Gilmer will provide the opposition for the Tribe's final home non-district encounter.
The Buckeyes (2-0) are ranked No. 2 in the current Associated Press Class 3A poll and are coached by former Jacksonville assistant, Jeff Traylor.