Bottom Line: Jacksonville (1-1) 49, Palestine (0-2) 48
Breaking It Down: Trailing by 20 points at halftime, victory looked as though it would escape the Tribe for the second-straight week on Friday at Palestine Wildcat Stadium. But an incredible second half performance that mixed a few trick plays offensively, with some wholesale modifications to the game plan defensively, resulted in the Indians outscoring the 'Cats 28-7 in the final 24:00 to notch the “W”.
Individual Standouts: Colorado-commit Chris Carpenter leads the way with 11 catches for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Patrick Clater went 28-52-2 for 380 yards and four touchdowns through the airways while the Tribe ground attack showed improved — Jacksonville rushers averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Aaron Richardson carried 17 times for 63 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Important Win: To rally from being three touchdowns down at the half to beat one's geographical rival by one point at their place had to amp up the Indians, even if the Wildcats are one of the weaker teams on the Indians' schedule. With a win over Henderson (1-1) on Friday the Indians can close out non-district play with a 2-1 record, and that is just the momentum that is needed leading into the District 9-5A-II opener on Sept. 27 (vs. Nacogdoches).