NACOGDOCHES - Most of Jacksonville quarterback Cameron High’s success this season has come via the run.

That changed on Friday when High threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to Devin Henry with :13 left in regulation, and then lofted a pass to D’Montrey Christopher for the two-point conversion that gave the Fightin’ Indians a 46-45 win over Nacogdoches.

The win meant that Jacksonville (6-4, 3-2) will be representing District 17-5A as the Division II No. 1 seed in the Class 5A, Region III bi-district round of the state playoffs next week.

Jacksonville has not made a post season appearance since the 2012 season.

High was forced to turn to his passing game after injuring his ankle midway of the third stanza, which greatly limited his mobility.

High was able to run for two touchdowns in the first half and rush for 143 yards in the first 24:00 of the game, which took place on Senior Night at Dragon Stadium.

Each club scored 14 points in the opening quarter, with Jacksonville in front 31-27 at halftime.

Nacogdoches running back Phillip Jones ran in from 25 yards out at the 2:46 mark of the third quarter, which was the only points scored in the period, to put the Dragons up 34-31 heading into the fourth stanza.

After the teams traded touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, Dragon place kicker Chris Campo-Gonzalez drilled a 47-yard field goal with 1:29 left in regulation that put Nacogdoches ahead by 45-38. Nacogdoches had to win by at least seven points in order to qualify for the playoffs after Whitehouse’s win over Lindale on Friday.

With the Tribe going into the wind in the final period, Jacksonville head coach Wayne Coleman decided against attempting what would have been a 47-yard field goal, that, if successful, would have cut the Dragons’ margin to four points, which would have still resulted in Jacksonville garnering the final playoff spot.

Jacksonville piled up 515 yards of total offense and received big defensive plays from Jaeshun Bush 9 (a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown) and a late fumble recovery by Wooda Johnson as the Dragon were marching deep in Indian territory.

The Dragons end the year with a record of 4-6, 1-4.

 
 

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