NOTE: A story containing information on the latest University Interscholastic League Reclassification for all the local and area schools is contained on Page A1 of today's Progress.
The Jacksonville High School 2020 football schedule will feature one opponent that the Indians have never played before and one that the Tribe have not faced in nine years.
Jacksonville's non-district schedule, which is unofficial at this time, pending signature of contracts, includes the Crandall Pirates, a first-time foe, and geographical rivals Palestine and Henderson.
In Week 1 Crandall will replace Carthage, but the Pirates are certainly no cupcake.
In fact, Crandall went 10-3 and 5-0 in District 9-4A-I last year. Over the last three seasons the Pirates have a 24-11 overall record.
Jacksonville defeated Palestine at Wildcat Stadium last year before the Wildcats went on to go three rounds deep in the state playoffs.
Jacksonville and Palestine are expected to do battle in Week 2.
Henderson, who like Palestine, is a Class 4A-I school, was a bi-district finalist in 2019.
“We are pleased with our non-district schedule, Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach Wayne Coleman said. “Crandall is moving up from 4A, Division I and they will be tough once again. Palestine is always a big challenge it seems, and Henderson qualified for the playoffs last year out of a real tough district.”
The locations of the non-district games will be announced at a later date.
The head coaches from the (new) District 9-5A-II hashed out the district schedule on Monday morning.
The Indians will open conference play by traveling to Hallsville, who will have a brand new (yet to be determined) head coach this fall.
The following week will see the always-salty Marshall Mavericks trek to the Historic Tomato Bowl for the second time in as many years.
Jacksonville's third and fourth district games will both be road affairs, with the Tribe slated to visit Pine Tree and Nacogdoches in back-to-back weeks.
The final-three league tilts will have Texarkana Texas High coming to town — this will be the Indians' first meeting against the Tigers since 2011 —, followed by a short trip to Whitehouse.
The regular season finale will take place inside the Tomato Bowl, with Mount Pleasant providing the opposition for the Indians.