The Jacksonville Fightin' Indians' 2019 football schedule appears to be a daunting one as two of the Tribe's three non-district games will be against opponents ranked in the top 10 in Dave Campbell's Texas Football, while District 9-5A-II rival Marshall has been slotted in the No. 4 position in the Class 5A-II preseason poll.
Jacksonville will play open the new campaign by hosting Carthage on Aug. 30. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A-I.
Carthage, a perennial East Texas power, posted a 14-1 worksheet last year. The Indians know all-to-well how stout the Bulldogs are, having lost 61-20 to Carthage last season.
The Jacksonville-Carthage contest will be the first football game played in the newly-renovated Historic Tomato Bowl.
On Sept. 13 the Indians will host the Lions from Henderson, who are ranked No. 8 in the Class 4A-II ranking.
This will the Tribe's final non-conference test, and will also be a part of Homecoming 2019.
Henderson is coming off of a 9-5 season, with two of the Lions' losses coming at the hands of Carthage.
Jacksonville nearly upset the Lions a year ago, falling 28-22 in Henderson.
Marshall ended the year at 10-3 last season and went three rounds deep in the state playoffs.
The Mavericks have a new coach, Jake Griedl, who replaced Claude Mathis, but retained several of the key assistant coaches from last year as well as a rock-solid nucleus of talented players.
The Indians' remaining district game will be played on Sept. 6 when Jacksonville is scheduled to visit Palestine.
After an open date on Sept. 20, the Tribe will open conference action on Sept. 27 by traveling to up-and-coming Nacogdoches.
Three of the Tribe's final four league encounters will be played at the Tomato Bowl, which could give Jacksonville a late-season boost.
On Oct. 18 Marshall comes calling, with Mount Pleasant (Nov.1) and Lindale (Nov. 8) slated for the last two weeks of the regular season.