“Pack Peacock” – Tribute set for Nichols and Holden before Tiger game against West Ouachita

It will be “Pack Peacock” night this coming Friday evening when the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers host West Ouachita in the 2021 home opener that will have a special event take place. An Air-Med Helicopter Ambulance will fly in with special game balls that JHHS head coach and the team will present to the families of LaJavion Nichols and Javious Holden. the two former Tiger players who tragically lost their life this past summer. The dedication ceremony will take place around 6:30 pm just prior to the scheduled 7:00pm kickoff. 

“We hope that everyone will come out and show their support for the families,” said Blankenship. “We want them to see a full stadium so that they will know that we as a team, school and community share their grief.”

Game Preview:

Jonesboro-Hodge comes into the contest with an 0-1 record after narrowly falling to arch rival Winnfield 22-20 in the season opener. West Ouachita beat Class 2A Delhi Charter 34-0 in the first game under new head coach Mike Rainwater, who moved into the top spot after three years of serving as Offensive Coordinator at the Class 5A school located. The contest will be the second ever between the school that are in neighboring parishes and less than 30 miles apart as the crow flies. In 2019-20, West Ouachita beat JHHS 28-6. The game also marks the first time in over two decades that a Class 5A school has visited Caldwell-Peacock stadium. 

What to expect:

West Ouachita: This will be the only time this year that the Tigers will face a Wing-T offense. In it’s pure form this is a totally ground oriented attack that relies on “trickeration” by the quarterback, who will act like he is handing off to all three back on virtually every play. Rainwater’s edition also incorporates passing much of the time, which makes it even more difficult to defend.

Jonesboro-Hodge: If the first game of the year is any indication, Tiger fans can expect the skies of Caldwell-Peacock stadium to be filled with aerials. The Tigers threw 26 times compared to 19 rushing attempts. Six of those were scrambles by quarterback Tydre Malone.

Players to watch:

West Ouachita:  (#5) Running Back, Kohl Nolan – Rushed for 204 yards on 15 carries;  (#50) Nose Guard, Michael Nolan – 12 tackles, one for a loss and one QB hurry; (#34) Middle Linebacker, Jackson Walker – 10 tackles; Quarterback’s, (#15) Mason Cobb and (#10) Sam Ozark – the two headed monster completed 8 of 15 for 106 yards and a TD. (#8) Wide Receiver, R.J. Henderson – primary receiving target who caught a touchdown pass.

Jonesboro-Hodge: (#8) Quarterback, Tydre Malone – senior signal caller completed 16 of 26 passes for 244 yards and 2 TD’s; (#3) WR/DB, DeVontae Mozee – Caught 3 passes for 108 yards and 2 TD’s; (#4) WR/SS Jamarrion “Jay” Lewis – Caught 3 passes for 50 yards, made four tackles and forced a fumble; (#13) Linebacker, Xavier Atkins – led Tigers with 14 total tackles (11 solo’s), 3 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble; (#58) Defensive end, Peyton Smith – Ten total tackles, including six solo’s. Was named “Off the Bench Sports” defensive lineman of the week. 

 


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