Jackets’ comeback falls short

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The Mineola Yellowjackets came up six points shy of a double-digit comeback on Friday night against the Commerce Tigers. 

With a final score of 27-21 the Yellowjackets scored all 21 of their points in the second half after being down 10 to 0 going in to halftime.

A slow start ended up being the Jackets undoing as the defense gave up multiple long running plays on defense and the offense struggled to move the ball with their running attack. 

However the Jackets exploded in the second half as they were led by quarterback Shaw Franklin who threw for 115 yards and one touchdown while running for 133 yards and another touchdown.

With just under four minutes left in the game the Tigers were up six in the red zone when they received back-to-back false start penalties and their quarterback was also sacked on third down forcing them to try for a long field goal. 

The field goal was kicked from just outside 35 yards and wasn’t straight enough as it hit the right upright.

That gave Mineola new life with a last chance to win the game. 

With just under 90 seconds left in the game, Mineola would look to their quarterback to lead the last-minute comeback, however Franklin would have to do so without any timeouts needing to drive over 65 yards.

The drive started off positively as Franklin scrambled to his right for a 17-yard pick up and a first down.

However after being pressured on the next three plays resulting in incompletions the Jackets were forced to go for a fourth down and 10 around mid-field. 

The play started off as most had for the Yellowjackets with immediate pressure in Franklin’s face, however he avoided two rushers then launched a deep pass across the middle of the field to Cody Ford but the pass was intercepted effectively ending the game.

The loss drops the Jackets in to a three-way tie for second place with the Farmersville Farmers and the Commerce Tigers, all with record of 3-2 in the district.

The Jackets’ final regular season game will be against the Winnsboro Raiders and could greatly affect the Jackets’ chances to make the state playoffs. The game will also be Senior Night as the last home regular season game for Mineola. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Meredith Memorial Stadium.

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