Fightin' Indians to face trio of top 10 teams

Jacksonville head football coach Wayne Coleman's Tribe will face three opponents that are ranked in the top 10 in Dave Campbell's Texas Football preseason rankings. The group includes non-district opponents Carthage and Henderson and 9-5A-II rival Marshall.

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.


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