Jacksonville Rallies Past Lindale, 27-23, to Clinch a Playoff Berth [VIDEO]
JACKSONVILLE -- The Jacksonville Indians clinched a playoff spot in their final home game of the season, beating the Lindale Eagles, 27-23, on Friday night at the Tomato Bowl.
In the fourth quarter, Lindale (1-8, 0-4) took the lead on an 18-play, 75-yard drive culminating in a direct snap to Acy for a 1-yard scoring run, and a 23-20 lead.
With their playoff hopes on the line, Jacksonville (4-5, 2-2) went 81 yards, including a 50-yard pass to Cory Holman. Holman scored his second touchdown of the game from 5 yards out, and Jacksonville went up 27-23.
Lindale mounted two more drives, but they ended in interceptions by Lakendrick Anderson and Chris Cross, who ended the game with an at the 3-yard-line with 18 seconds left.
Jacksonville struck first. After Londedric Taylor recovered a Lindale fumble at the Eagles' 31, Jacksonville finished off the drive with a 2-yard run from Stacy Cummings to take a 6-0 lead.
Lindale took the lead in the second quarter, scoring first on a safety, then a touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Cody Slice to Nathan Evans to take a 9-6 lead.
Jacksonville answered with a seven-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from D.D. Franklin to Cory Holman for a 13-9 lead at halftime.
On their first possession of the second half, Lindale took back the lead. On fourth-and-1, Trey Acy scored from 5 yards out for a 16-13 lead.
Jacksonville again answered, with a six yard pass from Franklin to Taylor for a 20-16 score.
Both teams overcame a lot of misfortune in the game, with Lindale's five turnovers balanced out by Jacksonville's 17 penalties for 144 yards.
Next week Jacksonville plays at Corsicana, while Lindale played host to Nacogdoches.