LINDALE — Jacksonville will be looking to duplicate its performance of a week ago when the Tribe dismantled Mount Pleasant 43-27 on Friday when the Indians drop the curtain on the 2018 campaign by taking on Lindale (5-4, 4-2). Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.
“Our kids gave a great effort last week,” Jacksonville head football coach Wayne Coleman said. “We did not have that same effort the week before when we lost to Hallsville.
“I was particularly pleased with how well our defense played in the second half last week.”
Jacksonville (3-6, 2-4) is no longer in the playoff hunt, but can play spoiler in the Eagles' hopes of securing a win over the Tribesmen and a district runner-up spot that would come with it.
“We have to focus on playing with that same amount of effort that we had last week,” Coleman said. “The teaching opportunity that we have had this week with our kids is to teach them whether it is in a job, a marriage, or in a football game, you always want to give your best effort so at the end of the day you feel good about yourself, regardless of what the scoreboard says.”
Lindale will come into the game having suffered a 56-28 loss to Pine Tree last week. Regardless, Coleman stated that he knows the Tribe will be seeing Lindale in top form this week.
“We are expecting to get Lindale's best effort of the year,” he said. “We know how important it is to them to finish as the district runner-up.”
Marshall secured the district championship after defeating Whitehouse 37-13 last Friday. Lindale and Whitehouse, who are in a battle for second place, both have 4-2 district records now, but the Eagles have the head-to-head win over the Wildcats.
Whitehouse hosts last place Hallsville in its last regular season game on Friday.