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9/29/06

KLTV 7 Sports Spotters Report: Palestine

Palestine vs. Jacksonville

It was a game that was ultimately decided by special teams.  Palestine struck first with a very impressive 11 play 90 yard drive capped by a 5 yard run by Kevin Jackson.  Jacksonville struck back as Cameron Boyd Anderson scored on a 60 yard run.  Anderson had 159 yards on the night and two touchdowns.  He accounted for all but 4  of Jacksonville's total yards.  

In the second quarter Palestine scored 10 unanswered points thanks to Kevin Birdow.  First he blocked a punt and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown.  On Jacksonville's next possession Boyd Anderson fumbled a pitch and instead of trying to fall on it he tried to pick it up.  Birdow was right there to knock it from his hands and recover the loose ball.    Palestine was unable to punch the ball in and had to settle for a Chad Cox 35 yard field goal.  The Wildcats led 17-7 at the half.  

Neither team could get much going in the second half.  Jacksonville capitalized on a Palestine fumble inside thier own ten yard line.  Cameron Boyd Anderson scored his second touchdown of the night as he went untouched into the endzone.  After a missed extra point the Wildcats led 17-13.  

Palestine looked to put the game away as Offensive Coodinater Tommy Allison appeared to see something in the Jacksonville defense.  The Wildcats called a time out and on the next play QB Jacobi Jackson raced 57 yards in what looked to be icing on the cake.  But it was not to be, a late flag and a holding call brought the play back.  The drive stalled and Jacksonville blocked the ensuing punt.  Jacksonville running back Joe Whitaker capped the game winning drive with a 9 yard TD run.  

The Wildcats got the ball back with just enough time try a 43 yard field goal as time expired.  But the Jacksonville special team blocked the kick to end the game.  Jacksonville blocked two punts and a field goal.  The Wildcats blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

Jacksonville did not complete a pass all night but still avenged the loss to Palestine last year in the Tomato Bowl.  

To rub salt in the wound Jacksonville Defensive Coodinator in what was really an offensive gesture ran out onto the field and flexed his muscles  towards the Wildcat bench after Jacksonville blocked the final kick.  A move that would be understandable for a 16 or 17 year old kid but not a mature adult.  Shame on you.  

This week Palestine travels to Rusk to face the human highlight film known as The Justin Stearns Show.  The two former district foes who split games the last two years have become an instant rivalry.

Palestine won last years meeting but the pain still lingers over the loss in 2004 as Rusk scored late and opted to go for two and the win instead of the tie and overtime.  With everyone thinking the ball was going to sensation Cody Glenn, yours truly Justin Stearns went untouched into the endzone and the victory.  That loss denied Palestine an uncontested district title.  The key to tonights game will be keeping Justin Stearns somewhat in check.  You cannot shut him down, you just hope to contain him.  Palestine defensive coodinator Booker Bowie does a good job of adjusting his defensive at halftime.  Look for Stearns to score early and maybe often, but not in the second half.  This should be a high scoring affair with the Wildcats coming out on top. 

By Jay Totah

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