Anderson and Reeves family to be honored at Homecoming

What is believed to be the largest collection of professional football players from Jonesboro-Hodge ever assembled at one time will be on hand at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium this Friday night when two of the most prestigious families of JHHS football heritage will be honored.

Over four decades of Tiger lore will be represented when the Reeves and Anderson’s will be honored as a  “JHHS Football First Family” during the Homecoming contest against D’Arbonne Woods scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Receiving plaques and the “100 year history of JHHS football” book  will be the Reeves family consisting of brothers Alden and Ted, who will also accept the award for their father Ira, and the Anderson clan of Anthony, Stevie, Scotty, Byron and Thyron along with Carlos Hicks.

The resume of the combined group is beyond comparison. Each were decorated players during their years at JHHS, with most still represented in the JHHS all-time record book and in college.  Four of the Anderson’s (Anthony, Stevie, Scotty, Thyron) and Carlos Hicks all played professional football as did Alden Reeves, who was one of the first JHHS graduates to play in the NFL.  After their playing days both Alden and Ted Reeves, along with Byron and Anthony Anderson and Carlos Hicks became high school and/or college coaches.

Summary of each “JHHS Football First Family”

Ira Reeves – Although he never played at JHHS, the father of Alden and Ted was instrumental in assisting with the growth of the program. Reeves was an educator of 35 years before retiring as the Secondary Supervisor for Jackson Parish Schools and served as a  public servant for the Town of Jonesboro in the capacity of City Councilman and then Mayor for over a twenty year perod. He also was instrumental in the construction of Caldwell-Peacock stadium in 1960 and one of the main orchestator’s of the Paper Bowl, that was hosted at Jonesboro-Hodge from the years of 1959-64. Reeves also served as an early committee member of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame.

Alden Reeves – A member of the what is considered the best backfield ever assembled at JHHS, Reeves earned All-District honors in 1962 and 1963 including being named Honorable Mention All State in 1963. The four-sport star also earned All-District honors including being named District MVP in basketball in 1963 as well as winning the state championship in the Pole Vault and second in the triple jump. Reeves still holds the all time record at JHHS in the Pole Vault. After a stellar four year career at Louisiana Tech where he lettered each year, Reeves was drafted by the Washington Redskins. From there the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee coached high school football for 45 years, including 27 years at Captain Shreve in Shreveport where he won a state title. 

Ted Reeves – The versatile all-around athlete was a four sport letterman at JHHS, including being named All-District in football, baseball and track. After graduating in 1975, Reeves played baseball at Northwestern State University, where he led the team in batting in 1978. For seven of his nine seasons as an assistant coach on the JHHS staff, Reeves was the defensive coordinator that included 7 district championships, a Class AA semi-final appearance in 1986 and the “Three Peat” state championship years of 1987-89. In 1986-87 he led the Tigers defense to what is still a school record of 15 shutouts over the two year span. Reeves was also the head baseball coach at JHHS from 1982-90 where his teams won 7 district championships and was named Coach of the Year six times. 

Anthony Anderson – The first of what is hands down the most decorated family in JHHS history, Anthony led JHHS to a state runner-up finish in 1980-81 and left the school as the all-time single season and career passing leader in completions, attempts (still holds the record) and touchdowns. After signing with Grambling State, Anderson was moved to the defensive backfield where he starred from 1983-86 and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. The successful businessman is also currently a volunteer assistant on the JHHS coaching staff where he has been instrumental in assisting the Tigers to their best season to date since 1993.

Stevie Anderson – Perhaps best remembered for “THE CATCH” which propelled JHHS to the first of three straight state championships, Stevie still holds all time JHHS records for most single season and career touchdown catches. The first team All-District and All-State selection in 1987 also left school as the single season and all time record holder in catches and yards gained as well as still being the school record holder with 3 interceptions in a playoff game. The All-Conference performer at Grambling State University , where he averaged over 28 yards per reception his junior and senior seasons was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 before becoming a member of the New York Jets where he played for three years. He finished his pro career in 1997 after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The succesfull entrepreneur and motivational speaker is still competitive today having qualified for the 2022 Senior PGA Tour.

Scotty Anderson – Baby brother by no means takes a backseat when it comes to laurels earned. The 1996-97 All-District performer still holds school records for all-time single season and career catches and career receiving yards and is highly ranked in single game, season and career records.  After a stellar career at Grambling State University, Scottie became the third Anderson brother to play in the NFL when  he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2001, where he played until 2003. A couple of years in the Arena Football Legue was followed by a stint in the Canadian Football League where he played for the Calgary Stampeders and Winnepeg Blue Bombers. 

Byron Anderson – School record entries started for Byron the first game he ever played when he combined and Hiawatha Walton combined for a school record 275 yards passing in the last game of the 1996-97 season. By the end of the 97-98 campaign, “Big Play” Byron owned the school record for touchdowns in a single game and season and had the second most yards passed for in a single game. The All-District MVP is also listed among school leaders in single season passing yardage. Following his career at J-H, he along with twin Thryron, signed with Jackson State and then transferred to Grambling where he played for four years. Following his playing days Byron became the head football coach at Ringgold before moving to Ruston High as an assistant and completing his coaching career as an assitant in college at Missouri-Southern and the University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff 

Thyron Anderson – On the receiving end of most of Byron’s aerials was brother Thyron who parlayed a tremendous three year high school career into becoming one of five Anderson’s to star at Grambling State University over a 15 year period. His 185 yard receiving performance in 1997 is still the standard for yards single game receiving in JHHS history. He is also listed in the school record books in career receiving catches and both single season and career yardage and touchdowns as well as TD’s caught in one game. During his five year career in the Candian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger Cats, Thyron compiled nearly 2500 receiving yards including his 2004 season where he caught 76 passes for 1147 yards. In 2005 he signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. 

Carlos Hicks – “Cousin” Carlos rounds out the First Family of Anderson’s by making a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball. It didn’t start out that way as Hicks was named first team All-District as a running back in his first three years of varsity competion before becoming the District MVP on defense his senior year. From there Hicks went on to star in the defensive backfield at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) where he earned All-Conference honors. A short stint in the Arena League was followed by Hicks coming back to JHHS where he has been an assistant coach and defensive coordinator since 2012. 

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