Twelve coaches whose teams will be participating in the 2021 Bayou Jamb traded friendly barbs and spoke about their teams on Monday at Media Day. The event was held at the VCOM Medical Building on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM).
Laugh’s were aplenty as the “Who’s Who” of north Louisiana coaches shared stories about their old friends and longtime rivals. Each also spoke on the hoped for fortunes of their teams and introduced two players each from their respective squads. Respect was also paid to the three 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winners Billy Bell of St. Frederick High School in Monroe and two retired coaches, Mickey McCarty of Neville and Mack Fowler of Jena.
With Quarterback Tydre Malone and Wideout Devontae Mozee alonside JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship asked those in attendance to continue to remember the families of the two fallen players and who tragically lost their lives over the summer and thanked the coaches in attendance for their kind words of compassion and encouragement.
“I want to thank everyone who called and sent words of encouragement to me and our teams,” said Blankenship. “It meant a lot. Nothing is harder than to have to go through something like that but we have to go forward. They won’t be with us physically but will always be there mentally and spiritually.”
To listen to Blankenship’s stirring interview go to the Bayou Jamb Facebook page.
Nichols and Holden honored: In an effort to pay respects, Bayou Jamb President Patti Thurmond and committee had the jerseys belonging to LaJavion Nichols and Javious Holden prominently displayed at the sign in table. The pair and their families will also be honored before the game against St. Frederick that will be played at 1:00pm on Saturday.
Buy your tickets at JHHS: You are asked to purchase your game tickets ahead of time at Jonesboro-Hodge. The reason is that this will most benefit the school as all proceeds from tickets purchased prior to the event stay with the school. Tickets proceeds that are purchased at the stadium are split among the participating teams. Cost of tickets are $15.00.
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