ALVARADO - Dontrail Session threw for 189 yards, including a 52-yard scoring strike to Cade Chandler, and the Indians from Jacksonville steamed past the Alvarado Indians 26-12 Saturday afternoon at Charles Head Stadium.
Jacksonville dropped the curtain on its non-conference campaign Saturday. The Tribe, who have an open date next week, will carry a 4-1 record into the Oct. 13 District 17-5A opener at Corsicana.
Alvarado fell to 0-5 with the loss.
Jacksonville was committed to its aerial game from the get go, with the senior Session going 12-27-2 through the air.
The Tribe's leading receiver was Jaeshun Bush, who had seven catches for 81 yards.
Both teams played power football as Alvarado's “I” formation offense continue to pound into the heart of the Tribe defense all afternoon.
Jacksonville, who came in allowing 18.7 points a game on average, improved on that number, by giving up just 12 points to Alvarado.
Sophomore linebacker Shiloh Canady had a career-day against the A-Indians, after collecting five tackles in the first quarter alone, and going over the double digit mark by intermission.
Jacksonville led 14-6 at the break.
Things went sideways early on in the second half as Alvarado's Dylan Roudebush intercepted a Session pass deep in J-Indian territory, which killed the Tribe's first drive of the second half.
Two plays later Alvarado cut the Tribe lead to 14-12 after Jacob Shockley scored on a 12-yard gallop with 6:39 to go in the third period.
Jacksonville got two of those points back when Braelyn Riden picked off Alvarado's 2-point conversion pass and returned it 98 yards down the Jacksonville sidelines for a Tribe deuce.
The visiting team expanded their lead to 19-12 with 1:17 to play in third following a 24-yard field goal by Alejandro Sanchez, after a long Tribe march stalled out at the A-Indian 7-yard line.
Jacksonville was able to salt the victory away at the 4:35 mark of the fourth frame when TJ Ratliffe scored his second 1-yard touchdown of the afternoon.
That score culminated a 9-play Jacksonville drive that covered 71 yards and burned 4:13 off of the clock.
On the ensuing possession Alvarado was able to get down to the Tribe 28 before incomplete passes by quarterback Colten Robles on third and fourth down gave the ball back over the the J-Indians.
Jacksonville took its first lead in the game with 3:18 left in the first quarter when Session connected with Chandler for the long touchdown, which made the score 14-6, following Sanchez' PAT out of a Slade Shoemaker hold.
Dehavion Spencer had an interception for the Tribe and Josh McDowell sacked Robles for a 9-yard loss with just under a minute to go in the opening half as Alvarado was faced with a fourth-and two from the J-Indian 21-yard line.
Ratliffe had 13 carries for 38 yards, with Aaron Richardson close behind (5-37).
Spencer carried five times and mustered up 35 yards.
Alvarado's Jonathan Wall was the game's leading rusher (30-153).
The A-Indians' play of the game resulted in an early 6-0 lead for the home outfit.
Robles threaded the needle to Jacob McCullough, who shook free from two Jacksonville defenders in scoring on a 45-yard catch and run on a post route with 5:28 to play in the first stanza.