Lindale Ends Seven-Game Losing Skid With 45-7 Rout of Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE -- Scoring at will -- and often -- Lindale’s Eagles laid waste to the Jacksonville Indians, 45-7, on Friday night in a District 17-5A match at the Tomato Bowl.
The win ended seven weeks of losing frustration for the Eagles, who haven’t tasted victory since the opening night of the season.
Lindale is now 2-7 on the year and 1-3 in district play while Jacksonville is now 5-4 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
The Eagles’ running game -- Jordan Robinson in particular -- shredded the Indians from the first few minutes of the first period. In fact, the Eagles’ offense was so dominant, their first and only punt came in the middle of the third period.
Robinson scored three times in the first half on runs of 21, 30 and 44 yards. The Lindale offensive line opened gaping holes for Robinson and quarterback Montana Meador, who was able to convert several third downs during the Eagles' first three scoring drives.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville’s offense was being throttled by an aggressive, hard-charging Eagles defense. Indians quarterback Cameron High had virtually no room to maneuver, but he did register his team’s lone score with a 40-yard run in the second period.
This touchdown trimmed the Eagles' advantage to 14-7, but on the Eagles' next possession, Robinson continued his assault on the middle of the Jacksonville line and with 7:52 left in the second period, Lindale had built a 21-7 lead.
The capper, however, came as time was running out in the half.
Jacksonville was thwarted again on fourth down, allowing Lindale one more possession until intermission.
Starting at their own 27, the Eagles moved to the Indians’ 30 with just four seconds left. Meador lofted a Hail Mary in the end zone and receiver Colton Brown outfought the Jacksonville defenders for the touchdown.
For all intents and purposes, that was the game as the Eagles owned a 28-7 lead at intermission.
The Indians still have playoff hopes and will be in Nacogdoches next week while Lindale will host Whitehouse.