There were a lot of Jacksonville Fight'n Indians that played a lights-out game on Friday as the Tribe rallied in the final 40 seconds to upend Carthage, the state's No. 3-ranked Class 3A outfit at the time, 34-30 at Bulldog Stadium.
And from that lot, Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber has selected Carter McCown as Offensive Player of the Week, while naming Ledarius Session as Jacksonville's Defensive Player of the Week.
Both young men excelled on Friday and are big reasons that the Tribe ended a four-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.
The sophomore McCown, making just his first varsity start, went 23-of-36 through the air for 369 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner, which went to Darrell Minifee with 40 seconds showing on the clock. He also gave up an interception.
“Carter really stepped up (Friday)” Taber said. “I think he handled himself well and for the most part made some good decisions, especially when under pressure. He didn't look like your average sophomore out there.”
Session, a senior, led the team in tackles with 11 and had a forced fumble.
“Ledarius' forced fumble there at the end of the game was huge in that it got us the ball back and gave us a chance to win,” Taber said.
Session ratcheted his game up a notch, which the Tribe needed at the time, given the fact that last year's leading tackler, Bryson Haywood was out with an ankle injury.
Taber stated Tuesday that Haywood should be ready to go Friday when the Indians open the home portion of their schedule by hosting rival Palestine at 7:30 p.m. at the Tomato Bowl.
“Bryson practiced with the team Monday morning and he was fine,” Taber said.
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