Anderson’s and Reeves honored as “JHHS Football First Families”

Steeped in JHHS football lore, members of the Anderson and Reeves family, who represent the most players to play professional football and have the longest tenure of coaching high school and college football were honored during the Homecoming game this past Friday night.

Eight members of the Anderson family and three from the Reeves family were recognized as a “JHHS Football First Family.” This is a new program introduced this year by the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Athletic Department and sponsored by the Jackson Parish Journal designed to bring attention to families who have been a major part of the 103 year legacy of JHHS football.

Representing the Anderson family were Anthony, Stevie, Scottie, Byron, Thyron and Zem along with cousins Carlos Hicks and Terrance Blankenship. From this iconic group three state championships, one state runner-up, one semi-finalist, eight district championships and nine playoff appearances were obtained. Included are 6 collegiate scholarship winners, five professional football players and four high school and college coaches, three of which are currently on the JHHS staff.

No other family has a longer tenure in high school coaching than the Reeves brothers (Alden and Ted) who have a combined five decades plus of experience that included being a part of four state championship teams and a multitude of district championships and playoff appearances. The patriarch of the family, Ira, was an educator and public servant who served for years as a City Councilman and Mayor of Jonesboro. He is recognized as a catalyst in the construction of Caldwell-Peacock stadium and organizer of the Paper Bowl which was held in Jonesboro from 1959-64.

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