Palestine Downs Jacksonville In Double Overtime
PALESTINE -- Jacksonville was one yard away from perhaps giving first-year head coach Wayne Coleman his first career win as an Indian.
But Palestine held its ground on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line to hang on for a 40-33 double overtime win in the 80th meeting between the two schools. Indians running back Vadall Johnson went down for no gain.
Jacksonville (0-2) owned a 26-19 lead after scoring with 7:45 left in regulation. Izayah Mayfield punched it in from three yards out.
The Wildcats (1-1) roared back into the mix with quarterback Claude Rogers' 55-yard bomb to Devonte Mims.
Palestine held the Indians four yards shy later in the quarter and, after a turnover, intercepted Jacksonville's final heave of the fourth quarter.
The Indians got first possession in overtime and scored on a 27-yard, fourth down catch from Cash Cleaver. The Wildcats forced a second overtime with a short run from Edward Reese.
Quarterback Tyler Gray connected with Kameron Hamilton for a 10-yard score for the ultimate game winner.
Palestine will visit Fairfield on Friday. Jacksonville returns home to take on Mount Pleasant.