Jaeshun Bush + Jacksonville Take Down Lindale in Crucial Matchup, 25-15
LINDALE – Both Jacksonville and Lindale were in need of a win if there was any hope of a playoff both, and it was the Indians' Jaeshun Bush who was on a mission.
Bush caught three touchdown passes from Dontrail Session and also intercepted a pass to set up another score to help Jacksonville beat Lindale, 25-15, on Friday at Eagle Stadium in a District 16-5A matchup.
Josh McDowell got the Indians rolling as he fielded a pooch-kick, found a crease up the middle of the field and was off on a 62-yard touchdown run to give Jacksonville (5-4, 1-3) an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles responded when quarterback Dillon Heinaman rumbled in from 20 yards out for the touchdown, but the extra point was blocked to give Jacksonville a 7-6 lead.
Deep into the second quarter, the Indians put together a 12-play drive that was capped by Bush catching a Session pass at the 20-yard line, and raced in for a 27-yard scoring toss to put the Indians up 14-6.
The Eagles answered with 1:12 left before the break after a Jaren Covey interception.
Covey returned the ball to the Jacksonville 25-yard line, and two plays later, Heinaman found Colton Brown down the middle of the field for a 24-yard touchdown. Jacksonville took a 14-12 lead into halftime.
The two teams continued to play hard-nosed defense throughout the final half of play, with three Jacksonville interceptions playing into the win.
The first Lindale drive was thwarted when Deshawn McCuin made the pick-off at the Eagles' 21-yard line.
One Lindale possession later, following a short Indians punt, the Indians defense stood strong to force a 34-yard Landon Love field goal to give Lindale its only lead of the game at 15-14.
Bush made an interception to set himself up just a few plays later. He hauled in his third TD pass two plays later from 12 yards out, and the Tribe converted a PAT pass from Session to McDowell for a 22-15 advantage.
Alejandro Sanchez Pena added a 39-yard field goal for the final score of the game.
The Indians held a slight lead in total yards, 111-103 at halftime, and finished with 244 yards to 173 for Lindale. Session went 18 for 28 for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Bush led the Tribe in rushing with 59 yards on nine carries out of the Wildcat formation.
Lindale got 74 yards on 16 carries from Jordan Robinson, and Cooper Azbell made three first-half receptions for 36 yards to pace the Eagles. Heinaman finished 6 of 13 for 69 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.