The 2019 season will draw to a close for the Jacksonville Football Indians on Friday night when the Tribe entertain Lindale beginning at 7:30 p.m. Senior Night festivities will get under way at 7 p.m.
Jacksonville (2-7, 1-5) is coming off of a heartbreaking 33-27 loss to Mount Pleasant last week.
Heartbreaking in the sense that the Tribe, according to video review, appear to have scored a touchdown in the final seconds. Unfortunately for the Tribe the officials saw things differently.
“We had a couple of chances to win the game earlier and we didn't take advantage of them,” Jacksonville head coach Wayne Coleman said. “I told the kids that there is a lesson to be learned here. Life is not always fair. And, you never want to rely on an officials call to win the game for you.”
Lindale (6-3, 4-2) secured its playoff berth with a 49-22 victory over Pine Tree last week.
Should Pine Tree upset league-leading Marshall on Friday, Lindale would have to beat Jacksonville to hold onto third place and to avoid having to travel to play undefeated A&M Consolidated in bi-district next week.
Coleman said that it would mean a lot to be a playoff-caliber team in the final week of the season.
“This group has maintained a positive energy all season and they are a great bunch of kids,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for Lindale. It would be nice to end the season by winning two out of our last three games, with one of those being over a playoff team. We're excited about having that opportunity.”
Jaylon Freeney, Offensive Player of the Week, and Steven Gallegos, Defensive Player of the Week, were named as the top performers in the Mt. Pleasant game.
Freeney had four catches for 101 yards. He also hauled in two touchdown passes.
In addition to picking off a pass, Gallegos led the Tribe with 9.5 tackles.