JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Indians scored last, with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, to win a 27-23 shootout with Lindale and keep the Eagles winless in District 16-4A play.
Jacksonville scored first in the seesaw battle, taking a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Stacy Cummings.
Lindale (1-8, 0-4) made it 6-2 with a safety, then took a 9-6 lead in the second on a 9-yard Cody Slice to Nathan Evans TD pass.
The Indians (4-5, 2-2) made it 13-9 at halftime after scoring on a 20-yard pass from D.D. Franklin to Cory Holman.
It was Lindale’s turn to go back ahead first in the third quarter, scoring on a 4-yard run by Trey Acy to temporarily lead 16-13.
But the Indians ended the quarter up again 20-16 after Franklin hit Londedric Taylor on a 7-yard TD pass.
The two teams traded scores again in the fourth, with the Eagles’ Acy scoring on a 1-yard run for a 23-20 lead only to have Jacksonville find the end zone again on a 5-yard Franklin to Holman pass.
Jacksonville 27, Lindale 23
Lindale 2 7 7 7 — 23
Jacksonville 6 7 7 7 — 27
Canton 35, Brownsboro 13
CANTON — The Canton Eagles stayed in the hunt for the District 15-3A championship with a 35-13 win over Brownsboro on Friday.
The win sets up a title matchup with Van in the district finale next week.
Canton (8-1, 4-0) racked up 575 yards of offense in taking down the Bears. Reese Sumner led all rushers with 151 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
After taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Sumner, Brownsboro (5-4, 2-2) tied the game with a score of its own on a 1-yard carry by Johntae Walker. Walker finished the night with 105 yards.
Canton scored the next three TDs, two on passes of 15 and 21 yards by Colton Williams and another on a 6-yard run by Chan Eiland.
The Bears scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 19-yard pass from Jared Bragdon to Davonte Givens.
Sumner closed out the scoring on a 50-yard run with 1:14 remaining in the game.
Brownsboro 7 0 0 6 — 13
Canton 7 7 7 14 — 35
Athens 42, Mineola 13
ATHENS — Anthony Sanders threw for four touchdowns to lead the Athens Hornets to a 42-13 win over Mineola in District 15-3A play Friday.
Athens (3-6, 2-2) jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on a 2-scoring run by Adam Stallings and a 61-yard TD pass from Sanders to Raheem Miller.
The Hornets put up 22 more in the second quarter, with all the touchdowns coming on passes from Sanders, who finished the game completing 5 of 9 attempts for 132 yards.
Mineola (3-6, 0-4) has lost five games in a row.
Mineola 0 6 0 7 — 13
Athens 14 22 0 6 — 42
White Oak 44, Sabine 13
WHITE OAK — The White Oak Roughnecks lit up the scoreboard for a large homecoming crowd to beat the Sabine Cardinals 44-13.
The first half was an even matchup. Two touchdowns by running back Darion Barr and another by quarterback Dylan Gale accounted for the Roughnecks’ scores. Both of Sabine’s touchdowns were runs by halfback Qwaylen Chumley.
The ‘Necks took the opening kickoff and set up on their 36. The five-play, 64-yard drive culminated when Barr scooted up the left sideline for 34 yards and the score. The PAT kick failed.
The ‘Necks and Cardinals both took a possession but made nothing. On their second possession, the Cardinals drove 55 yards in eight plays. Chumley drove the final two yards.
The Roughnecks took the ball on the 30 and drove those 70 yards in eight plays. Behind the running of Hunter Owens and a nifty pass from Gale to Hayden Nichols, they got the ball to the 11-yard-line when Barr again scored. Tanner Sharp’s PAT kick was true and White Oak was ahead 13-6.
Van 49, Mabank 7
MABANK — Garrett Smallwood passed for more than 300 yards with four touchdowns in the first half alone, engineering Van to a 49-7 win against Mabank in a District 15-3A football matchup Friday night at Panther Stadium.
The senior quarterback’s performance helped improve the Vandals to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in district entering next week’s showdown with archrival Canton, which will decide the 15-3A champion.
Mabank fell to 1-8 and 0-4.
Big Sandy 26, Carlisle 3
BIG SANDY — The Big Sandy Wildcats held Carlisle to 74 total yards in the second half and broke open a 9-3 halftime score en route to a 26-3 victory.
The Big Sandy defense forced five turnovers on the night. Zay Gordon and Dillon Branson combined for 30 tackles. John Howe had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a sack on the night.
Josh Jackson led the Wildcats on the ground with 21 carries for 206 yards and two TDs.