First Round Feast! Tigers overwhelm Oakdale 42-20

After the two teams battled to a scoreless first frame in the LHSAA first round playoff game at Caldwell-Peacock, Jonesboro-Hodge piled up 42 points in the final three quarters to blow past Oakdale 42-20. The game was really not as close as the score indicated as the Tigers had three TD’s called back and Oakdale got their final score basically as time ended.

With the victory the JHHS improved to 9-2 on the year while Oakdale dropped to 6-5 as their best season in a decade come to an end. The 7th seeded Tigers now turn their attention to #10 Mangham, who beat  #23 Capitol 28-6 for a round two mathcup. Once again the Tigers will be playing at home for what is probably the last time this year as if they continue to advance through the playoffs as future contests have promise to be against higher ranked teams. 

Class AA bracket almost “chalk”: In only two of the 16 first round games played did the higher ranked team fail to advance. That was #16 Pine who fell to #17 East Feliciana and #12 Port Allen who lost to #21 Dequincy. The JHHS vs Mangham matchup is the only one that pits two north Louisiana teams against each other but another interesting matchup of local flavor see Winnfield, coached by Jonesboro native and JHHS grad, Jay Watson, forced to square off against district foe Avoyelles for the seocnd time this year. 

Like a locomotive: After the first eight minutes of play the two teams combined for nine possessions. Everyone of them started in the Oakdale end of the field but one, which JHHS started on their own 47 yard line.Despite the Tigers beginning drives on the Oakdale 19, 40, 32 and 29 yard line, JHHS couldn’t manage to put points on the board as the first quarter ended in a scoreless tie. One could tell though that JH’s ballyhooed offensive machine was beginning to get warmed up. Finally with 9:43 remaining in the second frame Tydre Malone connected witih Devontae Mozee for an 18 yard score. That started a blitz of 20 second quarter points that saw JHHS score on back to back plays of 39 and 62 yards on passes from Malone to Brantrel Thompson and Justin Calahan. In the second half the it was full steam ahead for the juggernaut offense as the Tigers scored five times. Unfortunately only the 25 and 47 yard pass reception’s for a score by Jay Lewis counted as three TD’s were called back due to penalty including two on the same drive.

Malone simple Magical: His grandfather was nicknamed the “Magician”. On Friday night, Tydre Malone was simply magical. While Michael Malone, who QB’d the Tigers to a state title game in 1977 concocted his magic with his legs, the younger extension of the family tree puts defenses in a spell with his golden right arm. For the second straight week, Malone passed for five touchdowns setting a new JHHS record. It is just one of several passing records that Malone broke during the game that includes most touchdowns in a season (28), most yards in a season (1889) and most completions in a season which now stands at 110 as Malone becomes the first quarterback in school history to complete over 100 passes in a single season. Already Malone has re-written the school’s career passing records. For the night Malone completed 13 of 22 passes for 266 yards  which would have easily been over 300 yards if it weren’t for the three touchdowns being called back.

Sensational starts: The Tigers couldn’t have asked for a better way to open the game and the second half thanks to what had to be considered good ideas but was fraught with bad execution . Oakdale won the toss and decided to take the ball. It was understandable, as certainly a team who has seen JHHS play, wouldn’t want to give the Tigers any extra possession. The Tigers got the ball anyway when Justin Calahan perfectly placed his kickoff into a deadzone and Jarveion Allen outraced the Oakdale receiver to the ball, setting JH up on the Oakdale 19 yard line. As good a start as that was the open to the second half was even beter. Down 20-6 Oakdale tried to catch the Tigers napping by trying an onside kick. The ball bounced twice before Xavier Atkins scopped up the pigskin while in full stride, broke through the Oakdale kick coverage and sprinted the rest of the way for a 52 yard kickoff return that upped the Tigers lead to 28-6 with just seven second gone in the third period. 

Peyton’s Place: Oakdale seemed to like to run the ball through the hole between the left tackle and left guard. That just happens to be where Peyton Smith lines up on defense. With his 12 tackle total, that included 7 solo stops and a tackle for a loss ,Smith would stymie the Warriors time and be the first player other than Xavier Atkins to lead the team in tackles in a game. The effort upped Smith’s season total in tackles to 85, second on the team behind Atkin’s state leading 179 stops.

Jay came to play: For eight games this year Jammariyea “Jay” Lewis did a great job on both sides of the ball from his receiver/defensive back positions but remained rather anonymous. Not anymore. For the second straight week Lewis led the Tigers in receiving garnering 6 catches for a single game, team best 130 yards receiving ands two TD’s. That gives Lewis a team best 9 catches for 228 yards and five TD over the last two weeks and a team tying 28 receptions for 544 yards and the five TD’s for the year.  

Deceiving stats: The game stats show that Oakdale rushed the ball 38 times for 229 yards. In the first half the Warriors tried the line 21 times for 101 yards. On twenty of those attempts they gained a total of 16 yards and on one Oakdale scored on an 86 yard run.For the game the Warriors had four runs that totalled 134 yards while the remining 34 rushes netted only 95, which is less than a two yard average. 

#7 JHHS (9-2) 0 20 6 16 42
#26 Oakdale (6-5) 0 6 6 8 20

Scoring Summary:

2nd Quarter: JHHS – Devontae Mozee 18 yard pass from Malone (Leonard PAT)
2nd Quarter: OHS – 86 yard run (kick no good)
2nd Quarter: JHHS – Thompson 39 yd pass from Malone (Leonard PAT)
2nd Quarter: JHHS – Calahan 62 yd pass from Malone (kick failed)
3rd Quarter: JHHS  – Atkins 50 yd kick return (kick failed)
3rd Quarter: OHS –  2 yd run  (kick failed)
4th Quarter: JHHS – Lewis 25 yd pass from Malone (Malone pass to Calahan)
4th Quarter: JHHS – Lewis 47 yd pass from Malone (Calahan pass to Mozee)
4th Quarter: OHS – 1 yd run ( two point run)


First Downs 12 13
Rushes / Yards 22/53 39/229
Passing 13/22 – 266 3/10 – 25
Total Yards 319 254
Turnovers 5 2
Penalties /Yards 11/90 5/34
3rd down conv. 1/9 2/9
4th down conv 3/8 0/1

JHHS ndividual statistics

Passing: Malone 13/22 – 266 yds, 5 TD’s, 1 Int.
Rushing: Thompson 12-30, Malone 9-20
Receiving: Lewis 6/130 – 2 TD’s, Thompson 2/42 – 1 TD, Mozee 2/25 – 1 TD, C. Leonard 2/7, Calahan 1/62, 1 TD
Tackles: Smith 12, Atkins 11, Lewis 10, Andrews 7, Drayton 6, Strickland 5, Jones 5

Photos courtesy of Jason Stickland

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