Is it better to have a ball control or a quick strike offense? This is an age old debate among football coaches and arm chair quarterbacks everywhere from all levels. That discussion will continue for as long as offenses continue to take snaps but if the statistics from Jonesboro-Hodge’s 47-26 victory over visiting Logansport means anything analytically then a clear answer was determined. At least, for this past weekend’s contest.
The final stats show that ball controlling, Logansport ran 64 plays compared to just 41 for the quick strike artists of JHH. They also totaled 23 first downs comparted to just 14 for JHHS. Oddly there was just roughly ten total yards separating the Tigers with ball controlling, Logansport hammering out 341 yards and quick striking, Jonesboro- Hodge ringing up 351 yards. What is best then? Running 23 more plays? Having 9 more first downs? Take your pick, as in the end the Tigers 21 point total advantage is really all that matters as that allows the Tigers to chalk one up in the win column.
Third straight a best for Blank! Actually that is the third straight victory of the year to date for JHHS after the season opening loss. The 3-1 record is the best start in head coach Terrance Blankenship’s nine year tenure that began back in 2013, as is, the point differential after four games of 110 – 68.
Three in two! Justin Calahan stepped in front of a Logansport pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to break open the game. it was the third interception returned for a score in two games, the first time that has happened in the new millenium.
(Four) ever remembered! When senior wide-out DeVontae Mozee caught the 11 yard touchdown strike from Tydre Malone in the fourth quarter that gave JH a 35-26 lead it propelled both of them into the all-time annals of JHHS football. Mozee moved into sole possession of second place for most touchdown receptions in a game with four while Malone moved into a tie with four others for second place for most TD passes thrown in one game.
The drive to five! Before Malone passed for his four TD’s, the rangy senior scrambled to his right and took off down the sidelines. Forty yards later and with at least five Logansport defenders, who had attempted to tackle him, laying on the turf Malone crossed the goal line for the Tigers first score. The long run was part of the 228 yards in total offense he accounted for on the night with 165 yards through the air and 63 on the ground.
Atkins at it again! Sophomore linebacker Xavier Atkins tied a school record with 19 solo tackles two weeks ago against West Ouachita. This week the hard hitter went one better. By making 17 solo stops and adding 5 assists Atkins set a new JHHS school record with 22 total stops. Included in his incredible production was one sack, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery.
Making it count! Logansport had 29 rushing attempts compared to just 22 for Jonesboro-Hodge. Still the Tigers outgained Logansport on the ground by a 186-86 margin. This was mainly due to a second quarter 40 yard scamper by quarterback Tydre Malone and back to back fourth quarter rushes by Brantrel Thompson of 34 and 32 yards.
A record to forget! Not all records are ones you want to remember. Another entry into the all-time annals was recorded as well Friday night but this is one head coach Terrance Blankenship would just assume forget. The 13 penalties JHHS committed in the game put the 2021-22 Tigers into a tie for second place for all time penalties received in one game. Combined the two teams accounted for 22 infractions for a total of 174 yards.
1st Quarter: (LHS) 5 yard rush ( XP No good)
2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 40 yard run (Stevens – XP)
2nd Quarter: (LHS) 7 yard reception (2-pt good)
2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 68 yard pass to Mozee (XP-no good)
2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 6 yard pass to Mozee (Thompson 2-pt run)
3rd Quarter: (LHS) 12 yard reception (XP – no good)
3rd Quarter: (LHS) 16 yard reception (XP – no good)
3rd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 9 yard pass to Mozee (XP – no good)
4th Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 11 yard pass to Mozee (Malone to Lewis)
4th Quarter: Brantrel Thompson 32 yard run (XP- no good)
4th Quarter: Justin Calahan 61 yard INT return (XP – no good)
|Rushes / Yards||22-186||29-86|
JHHS Individual Offensive stats
(Passing) – Malone 10-16-165, 4 TD’s, 2 INT’s
(Rushing) – Thompson 10-107 yards, 1 TD; Malone 9-63, 1 TD; Lewis 1-16
(Receiving) – Mozee 5-97, 4TD’s; Lewis 3-60; Leonard 1-5; Calahan 1-3
JHHS Individual Defensive stats
(Total Tackles) – Atkins 22, Leonard 7, Smith 7, Lewis 6, Andrews 6, Calahan 4, Mozee 4,Jackson 3, Jones 3
(Solo Stops) – Atkins 17, Leonard 7, Lewis 5, Smith 5, Andrews 5, Calahan 4, Mozee 3,Jackson 3
(Tackle for Loss) – Atkins 1, Leonard 1, Smith 1, Andrews 1, Jones 1, Waters 1
(Sacks) – Atkins 1, Andrews 1
(Interceptions) – Lewis 1, Calahan 1
(Fumbles Recovered) – Atkins 1
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