MOUNT PLEASANT — The Jacksonville Junior Varsity football team overcame several obstacles to rally from a 14-point deficit at halftime to beat Mount Pleasant, 30-26, on Thursday evening.
After a stirring halftime talk by assistant coach Thad Black, the Tribe came out a bit more determined in the second half and outscored the Tigers 24-6 on the 38-degree night.
The Jacksonville coaching staff praised the efforts of defenders Makelyn Horn (5 tackles, 3 assisted tackles and a quarterback sack), Collin Lockett (12 tackles) and the heads-up play of Lukidrian Williams who saved at least three touchdowns, two of which came on trick plays by the Tigers.
Running backs JT Johnson and Mailkhi Williams turned in solid efforts, as did quarterback Tony Penson who showed “toughness and leadership” , according to the Jacksonville coaches, in engineering the comeback.
The offensive line also did a nice job, particularly in the final half, and were paced by the play of Dalton Causey and Brantley Bauer.
The Tribe, who still have a shot at being co-district champions, will close out the season at Lindale on Thursday night.