Diamante Wright, Henderson Defense Help Lions Beat Jacksonville, 37-13 [VIDEO]
JACKSONVILLE -- Henderson used a huge second quarter and a big game from Diamante Wright to overcome Jacksonville on Friday night at the Tomato Bowl, winning 37-13.
After a scoreless first quarter, Henderson (2-2) blew up in the second. After a Lions punt pinned Jacksonville (1-3) at its own 6-yard line, Indians quarterback D.D. Franklin was tackled in the end zone by Jamal Kind for a safety and a 2-0 lead. It was the third safety surrendered by Jacksonville in their first four games.
After the free kick, Henderson reeled off an 11-play, 75-yard drive ending in a 3-yard score by Wright. Kicker William Mann’s extra point made it 9-0.
Wright was dynamite for Henderson, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in the win.
After the kickoff, on the first play Darrell Minifee caught a pass from Franklin, then had the ball knocked away. It was scooped up by Kind, who ran 18 yards for the touchdown and a 16-0 lead.
On Jacksonville’s next possession, Franklin was pulled down as he tried to pass, and Conner Dotson was there to make the interception for Henderson. The Lions went 51 yards in five plays, ending with a 9-yard scoring run from Wright to make it 23-0 at the half.
Jacksonville scored on the opening possession of the second half, with an 81-yard screen pass from Franklin to Londedric Taylor to cut the score to 23-6. The Indians scored again in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run from Franklin to make it 23-13, but that’s as close as the game would get.
Wright added an 18-yard touchdown and Patrick "Monster" Brown scored on a 5-yard run to finish Henderson's scoring. Dalton Goode's interception and return set up Brown's touchdown.
Henderson quarterback Janson Moore was an efficient 5-for-7 for 67 yards through the air. For Jacksonville, Franklin threw for 220 yards on 19-of-26 passes, with two interceptions and a score.
Henderson, the 2010 Class 3A Division I state champion, meets Highway 64 rival and 2011 title winner Chapel Hill next Friday night to open District 16-3A play, while Jacksonville faces Marshall in its final nondistrict game.