Tigers earn nine spots on 1-2A All District First Team, Atkins named Defensive MVP

District 1-2A tri-champion, Jonesboro-Hodge earned nine spots (six on offense, three on defense) on the All-District, First Team highlighted by Xavier Atkins, the leading tackler in the state, being named Most Valuable Player on defense. Devonate Mozee also came up big by winning the “trifecta” of first team honors as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Addtional first team award winners were Tydre Malone – Quarterback; Brantrel Thompson – Running Back; Justin Calahan – Wide Receiver; Aiden Price – Offensive Line and Javeon Andrews – defensive line.

The Tigers also earned seven placements on the second team with Freshman, Chance Leonard, gaining three as Running back, Linebacker and Kicker. Jamarriyea “Jay” Lewis – Wide Receiver, Cartavious “Hambone” Waters – Defensive Lineman, Offensive Lineman. Devontae Mozee also received second team honors as punt returner. 

The Coach of the Year award went to Tommy Tharp, who led D’Arbonne Woods to a share of their first district title in school history. The Most Valuable Player on Offense was LSU commitment, Omarrion Miller of North Caddo. 

2021 All-District 1-2A First Team

Coach of the Year: Tommy Tharp, D’arbonne Woods Charter (DWC)
Offensive MVP: Omarion Miller, WR, North Caddo
Defensive MVP: Xavier Atkins, LB, Jonesboro-Hodge


Quarterback: Tydre Malone, Sr., JHHS
Running backs: KJ Black, Jr., North Caddo; Gavin Rawls, Sr., DWC; Brantrel Thompson, Sr, JHHS
Wide receivers: Omarion Miller, Jr., North Caddo; Devontae Mozee, Sr., JHHS; Justin Calahan, Sr, JHHS
Tight end: Aiden Brock, Jr., North Caddo
H-Back: Brady Cranford, Sr., D’arbonne Woods
Offensive line: Win Robinson, Sr., North Caddo; Ethan Ice, Sr., DWC; Andrew Price, Sr., JHHS; Keegan Bryan, Jr., Lakeside; Colin Walker, Jr., North Caddo
Athlete: Juvontavious Hodge, Sr., North Caddo
Kick returner: Devantae Mozee, Sr., JHHS
Kicker: Luis Garcia, Jr., D’abronne Woods


Defensive linemen: Javeon Andrews, Sr., JHHS; Zadarrin Evans, Jr., North Caddo; Dagan Dendy, Sr., D’arbonne Woods; Kris Redden, Sr., Lakeside
Linebackers: Xavier Atkins, So., JHHS; Koby Mangrum, Sr., Lakeside; Kentrell Potter, Sr., North Caddo; Caros Alejo, Jr., D’arbonne Woods
Defensive backs: Reagan Walker, Sr., DWC; Rodney Thomas, Jr., North Caddo; Devontae Mozee, Sr., JHHS; Cade Boley, Jr., Lakeside
Utilility: J’Quay Vinson, Jr., North Caddo
Punter: Junior Martinez, Sr., D’arbonne Woods


Quarterback: Matthew Thomas, NC
Running backs: Ashton Stewart, LS; Carlos Aleho, DWC; Chance Leonard, JHHS
Wide receivers: Jamarriyea Lewis, JHHS; Alden Auger, DWC; Demarcus Williams, NC
H-Backs: Koby Mangrum, LS; Kris Redden, LS
Tight end: Gage Allen, DWC
Offensive linemen: Shawn Basey, DW; Jake Wilkins, LS; Cartavious Waters, JHHS; Philippe Sanders, NC
Athlete: Tarrio Grigsby, LS
Kicker: Chance Leonard, JHHS


Defensive linemen: Chistian Hill, NC; Cartavious Waters, JHHS; Jake Wilkins, LS; Gage Allen, DWC
Linebackers: Antonio Moore, NC; J Watts, LS; Gavin Rawls, DWC; Chance Leonard, JHHS
Defensive backs: Conner Dunfey, LS; Jamarriyea Lewis, JHHS; Demarcus Williams, NC; Abram Garcia, DWC
Utility: Zion King, NC
Punter: Devontae Mozee, JHHS

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Weston girls fall in double overtime to Summerfield

The game was free for theirs to take. The problem with free things in basketball a.k.a. free throws, is that if you don’t take advantage of the “charity shots” it can come back to be very costly. That was what took place this past Monday evening when Weston missed 8 of 14 free throws in the two overitme periods to fall 65-63 to Summerfield. The first loss, which was the first at home this year and second straght since the calender hit December, dropped Weston to an 8-5 record and lifted Summerfield to 11-4 overall.

The failure to convert the free throws wasn’t just during the overtime periods either as the Lady Wolves made only 10 of 20 during regulation that gave them a combined effort of 16 of 34 or a paltry 47% average for the game. Conversely the Lady Wolves shot good from the field which allowed them to show tremendous improvement over their 61-27 loss to Summerfield in the season opener. 

“We should have won this game for sure,” said Weston head coach Stacy Tucker. “We played so much better than the first time around but the missed free throws just killed us.”

One who did make most of her free throws was Lainee Trosclair, who finished with 13 points.  Her 8 of 12 performance from the stripe propelled Weston into tying the contest at 40 after Weston was down by five heading into the fourth quarter and helped the Lady Wolves stay even after the first extra period. Another who came up big for Weston was Brylie Peterson, who scored 11 of here team high 27 points in the final frame for one of her better performances of the year. Emma Kate McBride hit three trey’s en route to 11 points to also register double digits.

Malaysia Tate pitched in a game high 35 points that and all but four of 17 points in the two overtime periods for Summerfield. Her three pointer as the buzzed sounded in the second overtime frame was the difference.

Weston (8-5) 7 10 11 20 11 4 63
Summerfield (11-4) 11 10 12 15 11 6 65
WHS scoring: Peterson 27, Trosclair 13, McBride 3, Austin 7, Hay 4, Millien 1 SHS scoring: Tate 35, Shenyah 8, Combs 5, Smith 5, Wilson 4, Williams 4, Adkin 2, Japes 2

Summerfield rallies past Wolves 45-42

One team saw their streak end while the other continued theirs. For Summerfield the three point victory put an end to a season worst six game slide and improved their record to 4-11 while Weston continued their early December, two game, swoon to drop to 4-8 overall. 

With Bryce Zehr making a pair of three pointers and Eli McBride tossing in another the Wolves bolted to a 14-7 lead but Summerield outscored Weston 17-10 in the final frame to come back for the victory. Seth Peterson scored 14 and Mitchel Mathews added 11 for the Wolves. Only four players scored all game for Summerfield but one was Kim Jackson who led all scorers with 21 that included ten in the pivotal final frame.  

Weston (4-8) 14 9 9 10 42
Summerfield (4-11) 7 12 9 17 45
WHS scoring: Peterson 14, Mathews 11, Zehr 10, McBride 3, Roberts 3, McBride 1 SHS scoring: Malone 21, Kennedy 12. Tate 8, Wilson 4

Quitman girls crush Calvin 47-28

Cali Deal scored 11 of her career high 23 points in the second quarter to help Quitman race out to a 26-15 lead on the way to the easy victory. The Quitman defense also took center stage by holding the Lady Cougars to just single digits in three of the four quarters including just two in the first frame. Bethany Leach also reached double digits with twelve points on the strength of two three point shots and Brayli Stewart chipped in with eight. Emma Carter added four. The victory allowed Quitman to be the first Jackson Parish team with double digit victories as they improved to 10-6 after winning their season best fifth straight victory. By losing their fifth in the last six games, Calvin fell to 7-7 on the year.

Quitman (10-6) 7 19 11 10 47
Calvin (7-7) 2 13 7 6 28
QHS scoring: Deal 23, Leach 12, Steward 8, Carter 4

Undefeated Calvin drops Wolverines 65-51

Calvin High is proving that they are a Class C power to be recogned with this year. The Cougars won their 14th straight to start the season this year by whipping the Wolverines 22-6 in the second quarter and never looking back. The streak is heading in the other direction for Quitman who has now lost seven of their last eight games to fall to 6-11 on the year.  A bright spot on the night was the play of 9th grader Gavin Caskey who made four second half trey’s to lead the team with 12 points. Ty Simonelli added 11 and L.D. Manning 10 to also reach double digits in scoring. Joseph Adams led Calvin with a game high 37 points. 

Quitman (6-11) 11 6 15 18 51
Calvin (14-0) 12 22 15 16 65
QHS scoring: Caskey 12, Simonelli 11, Manning 10, Carter 7, Ponder 6, Pabaya 3, Walker 2; CHS scoring: Adams 37, Kyle 15, Huckaby10, Anderson 3

Photos of Quitman vs Calvin games courtesy of Thomas Barker

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JHHS football team appreciative of support giving by coumminity

The Jonesboro-Hodge High School 2021 football season was special for many reasons other than the play of the Tigers during their run to a tri-district championship and the Class AA state semi-finals. One particular area that will be remembered by the JHHS staff and players is the tremendous support given by Tiger fans that was expressed by the numerous meals, desserts, snacks and gifts that were given, especially once the playoffs began. 

“I can’t thank enough the many people, groups and organizations who gave their support by coming, what seems like almost daily, to feed our team over the last several weeks,” said an appreciative Tiger head coach Terrance Blankenship. “Our staff and the guys will always remember each and everyone or you for doing this. It is one thing to hear someone say that they support you but it is another when you see foks coming out of their pockets the way they did. When you feed an entire football team that is no small price that is paid.”

In an effort to show appreciation, Blankenship tried to take pictures each time that the team received something from the community that he has posted on his facebook account.

See below for a listing of supporters: 

JHHS 1977 State Runner-Up Team
Jackson Parish Journal
JHHS Class of 1992
Lisa Anderson
Trevor Hall
Marcus Thompson
Reverend Randy and Toni Dark
Michael Linton (JHHS Class of 1994)
Dr. Berkita S. Bradford (JHHS Class of 1990) 
Dr. Jewetta Robinson (JHHS Class of 1987)
Jacqueline Blankenship (JHHS Class of 1992)
Sharanda “SouthernGirl” Lee Smith (JHHS Class of 1992)
Nia Evans Johnson (JHHS Class of 1992)
Eric Hopkins (JHHS Class of 1992)
Kizzy Houston
Anderson and Sista’s Catering
LJ Enterprise
Naija Davis
Amanda Combs
LaShonda Combs
Ashante’s Heartthrobs
Yunit Belton (JHHS Class of 1990)
Shaun Gray (JHHS Class of 1990)
Lisa Cowser (JHHS Class of 1990)
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor Staten, Deacon James Bradford and Deacon James Harris).
Timothy Stewart
Liberty Home Development
Bethany Baptist Church
Roy and Denese Barlow
Pardue Builders & Supply
Antonio Dill
Lester Dill
LaNique Gray
Brandy Gray
Emmanuel “Tight Cutz) Chambers
Lance Hammock
Bryant Scott
Rodney Gatlin
Catfish Inn
Yumeka Washington
Billy Bryant
Big Bear Enterprise
Sonic Drive-In

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Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School announce faculty and staff member of the month

The Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School annouced the faculty and staff member of the month for December. The facuty member of the month is 8th Grade ELA, Ms. Kellie Patrick. The staff member of the month is Head Custodian, David Springfield. JHMS Prinicipal, Danielle Copeland, expresses her thanks to both of the monthly award winners and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Only yesterday — 80 years later

The retired United States Marine was our host that day at Pearl Harbor. His name was Gabe Brady, and as he spoke to our little group at the USS Arizona Memorial, told us the story behind the ship’s fate and the 1,102 sailors entombed inside her, emotion won.

Twice, he had to pause.

Everyone was quiet, as we were asked to be, because the Memorial is, after all, a shrine. A burial site. Brady visited it often in his volunteer role with the National Park Service, several times a day, but the site and the harbor and its history are all so overwhelming, it’s easy to understand how a U.S. Marine must choke back tears on every visit.

Gabe commented on my seersucker shirt that gorgeous spring day; it reminded him of what he wore as a young man when he was off-duty in the service. So when we got back home, I sent him one. We’ve stayed in touch the past dozen years, and Monday, on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he called me.

Gabe said from his home near Honolulu that there were big going’s-on for the anniversary, but not as big as the 75th, five years ago. He knew that one Arizona crewmember was scheduled to be entombed Tuesday, December 7; any surviving crew members of the Arizona can have their ashes interred within the wreck by U.S. Navy divers.

“That probably about the last one,” Gabe said, and after 80 years, he’s likely right.

For a video with PragerU, Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford, called the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor “one of the most successful and failed surprise attacks in military history.”

Somehow, the Japanese Imperial Navy managed, undetected, to get six fleet carriers and about 350 aircraft over 4,000 miles of rough winter seas to reach a destination 275 miles north of Pearl Harbor. The attack that early Sunday morning was a complete surprise.

The U.S. Navy lost four battleships, including the Arizona. At that time, losing even one would be classified as a national disaster.

But the attack did not achieve its goal. By either blind luck or providence, the three U.S. aircraft carriers — Enterprise, Lexington, and Saratoga — were training outside the harbor. And aviation fuel, the dockyards, and maintenance shops were largely undamaged.

So while the raid was a successful surprise, Hanson said, it wasn’t fatal. Not to America.

It was to Japan. The Japanese had underestimated America.

And so today, you can stand on the deck of the USS Missouri where World War II ended — the documents of Japanese surrender were signed on her deck in Tokyo Bay — and look over your shoulder to the spot where America’s involvement in World War II began — at the USS Arizona Memorial. It’s the only spot in the world like it.

If you ever go, you meet at Contemplation Circle, which is a telling title itself. A Park Ranger will greet you, you’ll take a boat trip with your host across the harbor, and you’ll experience the Memorial. Today’s a good day to remember. This is from a piece of literature I kept from that day:

“You will never forget your reaction when you step on the deck of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and look down at the dark oil oozing like dripping blood from the ship underneath. December 7, 1941, the day when the 608-foot Arizona sank in just nine minutes after being bombed in the Japanese air raid, will no longer seem like something from a book — it will be very real. The 1,177 men on board plunged to a fiery death — and the United States went to war. Experience a turning point in America’s history: the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

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Library excited about year ending events

The Jackson Parish Library has enjoyed servicing their patrons this past year and are excited about ending 2021 on a fun note through the many activities planned for both children and adults at both the Jonesboro and Chatham locations. This Wednesday and Thursday is no exception as shown below:

Jonesboro Branch 

Wednesday – Toddler Time (10:00am) Adult Dutch Pour – Acrylic Canvas Art Work (2:00pm)
Thursday – Children’s Art Class (4:00pm)

Chatham Branch:

Wednesday – Check Out Fitness (9:00am)
Thursday – Play, Grow, Read (4:30pm)

Bookmobile Schedule:

Wednesday – Cornerstone (9-10am), Gracepoint (10:15 – 11:30 am)
Thursday – Jonesboro Hodge Elemetary School (8am – 2pm)

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Terry’s Flower Shop busy with Christmas tree decorating

Thanksgiving is behind us and now it is time to go into the attic or storage area and pull out the traditional Christmas tree and un-wrap all the decorations that go with it. Not looking forward to the task? Then call Terry’s Flower Shop in Jonesboro and let their dedicated staff do the work for you.

“While most people enjoy putting up a tree each year and decorating it, there are many who simply can’t do it anymore or just do not have the time to do it like they would like to,” said owner Terry Jones. “Each year we get more and more calls to assist with this and we love doing it.”

For assistance with your tree decorating or any of your floral needs call Terry’s Flower Shop at (318) 395-5162 or go by their location at 214 Jimmie Davis Blvd. in Jonesboro. Hours of operation are 8:30am – 5:00pm everyday but Wednesday and Saturday when they close at noon. They are also closed on Sunday’s.

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Jackson Parish Police Jury accepting bids for sale of surplus items

The Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) is accepting bids for surplus items through 11:00am on Thursday, December 9th. Items that are being sold are equipment from the Solid Waste Deparment as well as from the Maintenance and Administration Department.

For tabulation forms to submit bids from Solid Waster and Maintenance and Administration Department click below:



Surplus items for sale from the JPPJ Solid Waste department:

Surplus items for sale from the JPPJ Maintenance and Administration Department 

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Elizabeth Womack inducted into the Metro Knoxville Cross Country Hall of Fame

Quitman resident, Elizabeth Womack, enjoyed recognition from her days at Farragut, TN high school this past week when she and her 1984 state title team was inducted into the Metro Knoxville Cross Country Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth (Goeser), wife of Chris Womack, earned All KIL (Knoxville Interscholastic League) honorable mention honors as a freshman at Farragut that year after coming in second during a regular season meet and earning top twenty placements in the KIL league and regional meets. She also ran her best time of the year at the Tennessee State Championships, all of which the Farragut team won. amanda hall of fame plaque

As her husband found out while touring the area, running cross country in Tennessee is much different than in the state of Louisiana. 

“Elizabeth showed me one of the courses that she said had hills,” said Chris  “We call them mountains in North Louisiana!”

Farragut High School has a rich corss country tradition in the state of Tennessee. Over the years Farragut has had 29 All-State Boys runners, 37 All-State Girls runners, 3 Boys Team State Championships and 4 Girls Team State Championships, including last years state runner-up team. 

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A Gift for a Lonely Soldier in Korea

Following World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in a bitter Cold War. On June 25, 1950, some 75,000 soldiers from Soviet-backed North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded pro-western South Korea. Within a month, American troops joined the fighting on behalf of South Korea to halt the spread of international communism. Among those troops was the Third Combat Engineering Battalion to which 23-year-old Pfc. Chester Ray “Chet” Whisamore belonged.

The war was a deadly game of tug-of-war as soldiers fought back and forth across the 38th parallel. The number of casualties ultimately mounted to around five million, but neither side gained much ground. The war was in a stalemate for a year, then a second. Compared to both world wars, which received widespread press coverage, the Korean War garnered much less press coverage and became known as the “Forgotten War”.

In the middle of the forgotten war, during the 1952 Christmas season, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce created the “Gift Lift” project to provide every serviceman in South Korea with a Christmas gift. Among the items most desirable were “flashlights with batteries, long candles for reading, fruit cakes, candy, cookies, books, stationery kits, canned meats and woolen socks.” Donors filled packages with Christmas presents for the soldiers and included nice Christmas cards to reassure the soldiers that they were certainly not forgotten, especially during the holiday season. The gifts were shipped to Korea and distributed at random to the servicemen.

Mrs. Julia Pearson’s son was fighting in Korea, so she wanted to participated in the program. In early November of 1952, Mrs. Pearson filled two big Christmas packages to send to Korea, one to her son and one to an unknown soldier. She addressed the first package of goodies to her son, whom she dearly missed. She addressed the “Gift Lift” package to “A Lonely Soldier in Korea.” She included a note inside the package with the message that she hoped the soldier who received it would enjoy it and signed her name.

Several days later, the “Gift Lift” presents were delivered to the servicemen in Chet’s outfit in Korea. Chet, who, like most of the other soldiers, longed to be home for the holidays, received two packages, one of which was a “Gift Lift” package. He opened the first package and found an array of items his mother had sent to brighten his holiday. He opened the “Gift Lift” package and read the note addressed to “A Lonely Soldier in Korea.”

Chet took out a piece of paper and began writing a thank you note for the Christmas packages. Chet wrote, “I got your package, mom, but what a shock I got when I opened one of the “Gift Lift” packages distributed to our outfit. It was from you.” In what was considered a one-in-a-million coincidence, both packages Chet received on that day were from Mrs. Julia Pearson …his mother.

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Arrest Report (December 1 – December 5)

Dorothy Bryant (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for unauthorized use on SNAP benefits (5 counts)
Alicia Wiggins (Jonesboro, LA) – Execution of Sentence Warrant
Stacy L. Bromet (Jonesboro, LA) – Criminal Trespass
Donald L. Bouwell Jr. (Chatham, LA) – Failure to Appear on Driving under Suspension and No Insurance
Nejran Walker (Jonesboro, LA) – Speeding
Donnie Wyrick (Eros, LA) – Illegal Possession of Schedule II drug, Possession of Firearm by a Felon
Tommy Moss (Calhoun, LA) – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Switched License Plates, Driving under Suspension
Carlton A. Sampson (no listing) – Domestic Abuse
James T. Johnson (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of firearm by convicted felon
Jason F. Walker (Dubach, LA) – Execution of Sentence Warrant

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Death Notices

J. T. Allen
September 05, 1929 – November 29, 2021

Mr. J.T. Allen, age 92 of Jonesboro, went to his Heavenly home on Monday, November 29, 2021. He was a hard working family man with a good heart. He enjoyed racing cars on the old dirt track for fun and the occasional vacation when he found the time. He like to fish and was able to find time to do some fishing when he lived on the lake. He will be best remembered for his strong work ethic. His family was his heart and he will be dearly missed.

Mr. Allen is survived by his two daughters, Beverly Bole and husband Bill of Start, La, Jerry Hemphill and husband Alfred of Jonesboro, La; two sons, Jimmy Allen of Eros, La, Danny Allen of Jonesboro,La, Tanya Allen of Jonesboro, La; grandchildren, Andy Bole, Brandy Bole, Joey and Lisa Culpepper, J.J. and Jennifer Culpepper, Jeff and Brandy Culpepper, Nicole Allen, Bridget Gibbs, Amanda and Brad Wright, Dana Roberts, Daniel and Tina Allen; great grandchildren, Kele, Hunter, Josh, Jada, John Michael, Kaylee, Jaden, Jayden, Julia, Kolby, Devin, Logan, Landon, Layken, Darin, Tanner, Aubrie, Brittany, Amy, Ashley; great-great grandchildren, Ellery, Chandler, Gannon, Waverly, Henley, Brookelynn.

He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Geraldine Williams Allen; grandchild, Jamie Allen; parents, James Thomas and Gillie (Oliver) Allen; siblings, Willie Mae Willis, Vera Burnum, Helen Howard, Clotile Herald, Charlie Allen, O.K. Allen.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home with Reverend Wayne Morrow officiating. Burial followed in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Joey Culpepper, J.J. Culpepper, Jeff Culpepper, Daniel Allen, Chris Roberts, Brad Wright.

Dr. Everette Vance Culpepper
August 31, 1937 – November 26, 2021

Dr. Everette V. Culpepper, age 84 of Jonesboro, was led into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 26, 2021. Dr. Culpepper was a kind man who pastored churches in multiple states and also published several books. He loved the Lord, his family and his friends and enjoyed the time that he had here on this earth to share his love.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ivy Jean Harper Culpepper of Jonesboro; son, Michael Vance Culpepper & wife Cynthia of Walkersville, Maryland; siblings, Howard Culpepper & wife Patricia of Huntsville, Alabama, Mike A. Culpepper of West Monroe, Louisiana, Lynnette Sandidge of Jonesboro, Louisiana, Nelda Jane Oliver & husband Paxton of West Monroe, Louisiana, Margaret Brumfield and husband Pat of Jonesboro, Louisiana; step-daughters, Linda Marshall of Springfield, Oregon, Diann Gillaspie and Roberta Weaver, both of Hagerstown, Maryland; step-sons, Ron Standiford and wife Melody of Oakland, Oregon, David Culpepper and wife Donna of Jonesboro, Louisiana, Billy Culpepper, Jr. and wife Lori of Aspermont, Texas; grandchildren, Christianna Culpepper, Kaitlyn Culpepper, Ian Culpepper, Kristin Standiford, Bethany Jackson, Raymond Marshall, Laurie Morris, Sarah Gillaspie, John Weaver, Sherrie Bare, Teresa Rohwer, Cody Culpepper, Jessica Warren; numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service to honor Dr. Culpepper will be held at a later date.

Gary “Boudro” Browning
August 7, 1956 – November 26, 2021

Mr. Gary W. “Boudro” Browning, age 65 of Dodson, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 following a lengthy period of declining health. Mr. Browning was a retired contract logger who loved being outdoors. He enjoyed the beauty of nature and all of its aspects. He loved riding his motorcycle and he followed the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. He cherished the time that he had with his family an his friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Gregory W. Browning and wife Angela, Kelley Browning, and daughter, Jessica Browning-Latham; seven grandchildren; brothers, Joe Lynn Browning and wife Pam, Danny Browning; sister, Frances Chellette; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, Joe Francis & Mattie Helene Wilson Browning; sisters, Charlotte Kirtley and Rhonda Copeland.

There will be a memorial service to honor Gary Wayne to be held at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital in memory of Mr. Browning.

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Tigers lose 35-26 to Amite in Class AA semi-finals

An old adage says all good things must come to an end and by virtue of the 35-26 loss to Amite in the Class AA semi-finals so does the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers football season. It was a good season. No correct that. It was a GREAT season. In fact, the best campaign the Tigers have enjoyed in over 30 years that unfortunately came up just one game short of their hoped for goal of playing for the state championship. As result, the district 1-2A tri-champion, Tigers, ended the year with a fine 11-3 record that saw many individual records set along the way while Amite moved on to play Many for the Class AA title this coming Friday.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda! The Tigers had their chance to advance. Several of them in fact but in the end they fell short. One can lookback and think of several missed opportunities. There was the wide open touchdown reception just before the half that fell harmlessly to the ground. That was followed by a 70 yard pass and run by the Warriors that instead put Amite up. Another score in the second half by the Tigers was negated when it was ruled the receiver didn’t get his foot inbounds despite video evidence showing that he did. Finally there was a holding call that called back a third score after J-H had mounted a last ditch effort for their second rally in as many weeks.

“We should have won this game,” said Tiger head coach Terrance Blankenship after the game. “We had our shot but just didn’t get it done. The loss should take nothing away from the really good effort our guys put forth though. They had a great year and I just wish it could have ended better for them. ”

Great beginnings! At the onset it looked like J-H would waltz their way into the title game, even after a punt hit a Tiger to give Amite two chances before JHHS even touched the ball on offense. Five plays into their first possession the Tigers struck paydirt when Tydre Malone connected with Devontae Mozee for a 70 yard score. Chance Leonard’s extra point made it 7-0 with 5:54 to go in the first quarter. After Amite missed a field goal on their next drive the Tigers went right back to work, this time driving 81 yards in just 7 plays that cumulated with Malone finding Javion Andrews in the end zone for a 19 yard strike. The attempt for two came up just short. It would be an omen for what was to come.

Amite attack! Back-to-back possessions by Amite found the score suddenly tied at 13 setting up the first of the deadly mishaps that shaped the game. The Tigers had responded by taking the ball to the Amite seven yard line when a disputed delay of game penalty was called on JH, putting the ball back to the 12 yard line with 2:33 left in the half. Still the Tigers looked to overcome the penalty but the wide open receiver dropped the ball in the end zone giving Amite the ball back 2:20 to play before intermission. Four plays later disaster struck when 6’5” Ja-Vay Gilmore caught a pass over the middle and broke several tackles on the way to a 71 yard score that gave Amite a 21-13 lead with just .40 seconds left in the half.

Second half surge! The Tigers started the second half much like they did in the first as Malone hit a streaking, Mozee for a 52 yard TD that brought the Tigers to within two. Amite came right back to score to go up by 28-18 but the Tigers dynamic duo answered the bell again this time for 46 yards as J-H once again drew within two points.

Back breaker! With momentum back on their side and trailing only by a 28-26 margin the Tigers looked to bottle up the explosive Amite offense on their next possession. Instead the Warriors pint sized but fleet of foot tailback, Korrill Mearridy, broke down the sideline and ran through multiple tackle attempts for a jarring 60 yard score that put J-H down by nine again.

Rally try! Still the Tigers refused to die. After a stirring 10 play 73 yard drive, Malone and Mozee connected for the fourth time but this one didn’t count as the Tigers were flagged for holding. Undaunted the Tigers came right back. After finally holding Amite, Jay Lewis rushed in and blocked a punt that saw the Tigers capitalize on by moving to the two yard line. A highly disputed illegal motion penalty set the ball at the seven setting up another near TD that was ruled incomplete.

Record setting efforts! Several single game records fell during the contest. Tydre Malone, who already had broken virtually every single season and career passing record in Tiger history continued to re-write the annals by virtue of his 312 yards passing which set a new single game high. His 26.0 yards per completion average also set a new all-time single game mark for more than 10 passes thrown in a contest.
With his 188 yard effort, Devontae Mozee is the new all-time single game receiving yardage holder, eclipsing by three yards the mark held since 1997 by Thyron Anderson and his three scores moved him into a tie for third for single game scores. Mozee is also the new single season reception yardage leader with 876 yards breaking Deondre “Dre” Hall’s mark of 769 set in 2018. Finally Mozee etched his name as the all time single season receiving touchdown leader with 17 breaking the mark of 13 formerly held by Stevie Anderson that was set in 1987 and career touchdown receptions with 21 career tallies.
Xavier Atkins had already set a new single season school record for total tackles and solo tackles which he added to and Peyton Smith moved into second place all time for tackles by a defensive lineman. No game or final year end defensive stats were available at time of press.

#7 JHHS 7 6 13 0 26
#6 Amite 0 21 14 0 35

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter: JHHS – Mozee 70 yd pass from Malone (Leonard kick)
2nd Quarter: JHHS – Andrews 12 yd pass from Malone ( run no good)
2nd Quarter: AHS – 7 yd run (kick good)
2nd Quarter: AHS – 8 yd run (kick no good)
2nd Quarter: AHS – 71 yd pass (two point run)
3rd Quarter: JHHS – Mozee 52 yd pass from Malone (pass no good)
3rd Quarter: AHS – 10 yd run (kick good)
3rd Quarter: JHHS – Mozee 46 yd pass from Malone (Leonard kick)
3rd Quarter: AHS – 60 yd run (kick good)

First Downs 20 19
Rushes / Yards 24 / 60 39 / 189
Passing (A-C- Yards) 12-24-312 8-14-164
Total Yards 372 353
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties / Yards 7 / 60 4 / 48
3rd down conv. 5/12 5/13
4th down conv. 1/4 0/5

JHHS Individual Offensive Statistics

Rushing: Thompson 17-62; Drayton 3-11; Malone 14 – (-13)
Passing: Malone 12-24-312, 4 TD’s
Receiving: Mozee 4-188, 3TD’s; Calahan 3-23; Lewis 2-72; Andrews 2-15, 1 TD; Leonard 1-15

JHHS Individual Defensive Statistics:

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Photo’s courtesy of Jason Strickland

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