LONGVIEW – Pine Tree proved their scoring prowess and why they are co-leaders of District 9-5A-DII, taking a 42-25 league win over Jacksonville, on a chilly and damp Friday night, at Pirate Stadium.
Jacksonville dominated the first half clock, but big plays by Pine Tree kept the hosts close in the early going for a 14-13, Pirate lead at halftime.
Pine Tree found the answer to stopping the Jacksonville running game at intermission, and add in a few early second half misfired gambles by the Tribe, resulted in the one-sided second half dominated by the Bucs.
The Tribe defense bent but didn’t break after the opening kickoff.
After eight plays, the Pirates were knocking on the Tribe’s door but got turned back after a pass attempt on fourth down was knocked down by junior Peter Torres.
Jacksonville then unleashed their first of two, long grind-it-out scores in the opening half.
The Tribe showcased three backs, in a 77-yard drive that took 11 plays and took just under eight-minutes.
Junior quarterback, Patrick Clater swept around the left end from 9-yards out for the first score, but the point-after-touchdown kick was wide.
The Pirates answered back in quick fashion after a nifty kickoff return set up Pine Tree in Jacksonville territory, at the 47-yard line.
Three plays later, Pirate quarterback, D.J. Freeman found big tight end, Gabe Adams down the middle of the field on a 45-yard scoring pass. Pirate kicker, Noah Montoya was good for his first of six PAT boots for a 7-6, Pirate lead.
After the lone punt of the game from Chris Carpenter, the Pirates drove deep into the Tribe red zone in two plays after a 62-yard scamper from Freeman placed the ball inside the 10-yard line.
On the next play, Freeman ran the sweep but had the ball stripped, and junior, Kasey Canady jumped on the fumble for the Tribe at the Jacksonville 8-yard line.
The Tribe took advantage of the turnover going back to a steady ground attack, mixed with some key passes to Dominik Hinojosa, Tyrese Gipson, and Carpenter.
Jacksonville chewed up another 8:06 off the clock in a fourteen play drive, capped off by the Colorado commit, Carpenter, hauling in his second pass of the drive, for the final 9-yards of the rally for the touchdown.
Alejandro Pina-Sanchez was good with the PAT kick, and appeared to have the Indians a lead at the break.
Once again Pine Tree answered fast.
The Pirate signal-caller Freeman came through with his legs on a fourth down, and 2-yards to go, taking it to the Jacksonville 19-yard line.
Freeman then found J.J Sparkman for his second catch of the night, for the final 19-yard TD pass. The PAT kick was again good, for a 14-13, halftime lead with 12-seconds before the band and drill team entertainment took over.
The Tribe ran 28 plays, and used up 16:25 of the first half clock, and the Pirates narrowly led in total yards, 218-170. The Indians held a huge 13-7 advantage in first downs.
Jacksonville took the second half kickoff and made took a big chance early on fourth down, and one-yard for a first down. The Pirate defense made a big stop, forcing the ball over on downs and taking over at the Tribe 43-yard line.
Six plays later, Tyler Sheffield scored his first of three, second half scores, and a 21-13, Pine Tree cushion.
Adding to the Tribe woes, another well-intended surprise back-fired, setting up yet another Pirate score early in half.
After three unsuccessful plays, Carpenter came on for a punt attempt on the next Indian possession. The blocking broke down on a fake punt attempt and the run attempt failed, setting up the Pirates at the Jacksonville 25-yard line.
Five plays and a Sheffield carry from 3-yards out grew the lead to 28-13.
Jacksonville finally got clicking after big runs from Tyrese Gipson, and Clater.
Clater hooked up with Jaylon Freeney on a 42-yard scoring catch-and-run, closing the lead to 28-19.
On the last play of the third stanza Freeman showcased his wheels in a nine play drive finishing off a fourth down situation with a five-yard gallop to pay dirt for his lone TD run.
Jacksonville added their final score on some trickery as Clater found Carpenter for a seven-yard pass, then pitched back to Bryson Tatum for a 21-yard scoring play, and credit a 15-yard run for the tally and a 35-25 scoreboard.
Another Sheffield TD with 3:33 left in the game finished out the scoring, in the 42-25 final.
The Tribe rolled up 312-yards of offense with 117-yards on the ground, and 195-yards via the air, as Clater went 8-of-10, with two TD tosses and one interception.
Aaron Richardson led the Tribe in rushing with 61-yards in 12 tries, and Hinojosa added 52-yards in 12 carries. Freeney made two catches for 47-yards and a score while Carpenter added two grabs for 31-yards and a touchdown.
Pine Tree gained 395 yards total, with 324-yards coming on the ground. Sheffield had 24 carries for 176-yards, and his three second half scores. Freeman added 148-yards on the ground in 17 carries, adding 71-yards and two scores through the air.
The Tribe (1-5; 0-3), now returns to the Tomato Bowl, looking for a league win over Marshall. The Pirates (4-2; 3-0), travel to Nacogdoches next Friday.
District 9-5A-DII Football
At Pirate Stadium, Longview, TX.
Pine Tree 42, Jacksonville 25
Jacksonville 6 7 6 6 - 25
Pine Tree 7 7 21 7 - 42
J: Patrick Clater 9 run, (PAT kick no good), 1:50
PT: Gabe Adams 45 pass from D.J. Freeman, (Noah Montoya PAT kick good), :52
J: Chris Carpenter 9 pass from Clater, (Alejandro Pina-Sanchez PAT kick good),
PT: Sparkman 19 pass from Freeman, (Montoya PAT kick good), :12
PT: Tyler Sheffield 1 run, (Montoya PAT kick good), 9:09
PT: Sheffield 3 run, (Montoya PAT kick good), 6:05
J: Jaylon Freeney 42 pass from Clater, (PAT pass no good), 4:26
PT: Freeman 4 run, (Montoya PAT kick good), :00
J: Bryson Tatum 15 run, (PAT kick no good), 8:23
PT: Sheffield 7 run, (Montoya PAT kick good), 3:33