JACKSONVILLE — Henderson rushers had a field day on Friday night at the Tomato Bowl where the visiting Lions came away with a 67-40 win over Jacksonville.

The Lions (2-1) had 534 total rushing yards, with three players running for more than 100 yards apiece.

Quarterback Caleb Medford led the way with 11 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown, Kevin Fields had 11 totes for 129 yards and two scores and Jakobie Bussey tacked on 101 yards on just five carries and scored one touchdown.

The Jacksonville defense was no match for the Lions, as Henderson averaged 13.1 yards per carry on the ground.

The Indians (1-2) trailed 30-20 at halftime, but were able to pull within three points early in the third quarter.

Things went south for the Lions early in the second half when Medford fumbled on the third play of the opening drive of the half. The ball was recovered by Jacksonville's Kasey Canady, giving the Tribe a short field to work with.

Jacksonville scored on a 19-yard pass from Patrick Clater to Jaylon Freeney, and following the Alejandro Pina-Sanchez point after touchdown, the Indians had trimmed the Lion lead to three, 30-27.

The teams traded touchdowns on their respective ensuing possessions before the Lions continued to wear down the Indian defenders — Henderson closed the game out by outscoring the Tribe, 30-6.

Jacksonville's Chris Carpenter, a Colorado commit, was held to five grabs for 78 yards and one touchdown, after having catches totaling 275 in last week's win over Palestine.

Henderson will return home to host Center on Sept. 20, while the Indians will look to use their bye week to make some adjustments before opening district play in Nacogdoches on Sept. 27.


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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