Palestine Jumps Out Early En Route to 37-20 Win Over Jacksonville [VIDEO]
After two years apart, Palestine and Jacksonville renewed their rivalry Friday night at the Tomato Bowl, with Palestine putting up the game's first 30 points on its way to a 37-20 win.
On Jacksonville’s first play from scrimmage, a bad snap cost the Indians a safety, and Palestine would never trail after that point.
After the free kick, Palestine capped a seven-play, 51-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback keeper from Brian Gummelt to take a 9-0 lead.
After a second-quarter interception by Isaiah Mitchell, Palestine scored on the next play with a 16-yard touchdown run from Jadarious Beasley for a 16-0 lead. With Jacksonville driving in the closing minutes of the first half, a tipped pass resulted in a 54-yard interception for a touchdown by Ivory Brown.
Palestine led 23-0 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Palestine added another touchdown on a 5-yard run from Jarrell Owens for a 30-0 lead.
Jacksonville was playing without sophomore quarterback Carter McCown, who was out with injury after he led the Tribe to a stunning upset of No. 3 Carthage last week.
Trevor Ewalt started the game, and went 14-26 for 139 yards and 3 interceptions, two of which were tipped by his receivers.
In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville went to DD Franklin at quarterback, and Franklin promptly led a 65-yard touchdown drive, which ended in a 30-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Minifee for a 30-8 score.
Palestine followed with another touchdown on a 12 yard run from backup quarterback Anthony Baker for a 37-8 lead.
Franklin led another scoring drive with a 20-yard pass to Londedric Taylor, then Jacksonville got a defensive score, a 22-yard fumble return by Sha’Kil Mosely for the final 37-20 score.
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season. Palestine plays next at Kaufman, while Jacksonville goes on the road to Gilmer.
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