By Coleman Swierc
JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS (KLTV) - Kick it in, in 2010. That is the motto of this years version of the Jacksonville Indians.
"We have been to the playoffs when we were thankful to be there," said Indians head Coach Steve Wells, "Now in the new district, and likely hood of us going division II, we can play more schools our size, and make a deeper run."
District re-alignment barely affected Jacksonville.
Except for one new team, that has the Indians ready to go.
"I looked at the new district, and I was like 'oh boy, we have John Tyler coming to the house,' so we are going to have to play hard and do our jobs," said Indians tackle Tedrick Tilley, "We want to make sure we beat this team, so that everyone in the state can say Jacksonville beat John Tyler."
But the eyes of the Indians go much farther than just a date with JT.
"Every year it is a chance to get better," said linebacker Cody Bolton, "We want to go to state this year, it is going to be a hard drive and hard to get there, but every kid here has the same dream, we want to make it to state, we want to win every game and be perfect."
If Jacksonville is to do so, it wont be easy.
The Indians not only face JT, but will also see the likes of perennial powers Whitehouse and Marshall in district play.
Jacksonville beat Marshall in pre-district last year, before losing in district to Whitehouse.
The Indians open the 2010 campaign with another powerhouse, as class 3A state champion Carthage meets them in week zero in Jacksonville.