With Jonesboro-Hodge moving to district 3-2A next season the top two defensive players in the state will be in action when the Tigers take on Many High, at least according to Louisiana Football Report (LFR). That was confirmed on December 23rd, when LFR announced that Jonesboro-Hodge High School sophomore linebacker, Xavier Atkins and Many High linebacker Tackett Curtis was named 2021 Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Atkins earned the honor after turning in one of the most iconic season in LHSAA history by making a school record 219 tackles, 180 solo tackles and 27 tackles for a loss as well as having 10 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. Atkins also returned a kickoff for a score for good measure. The tackles, solo tackles and tackles for a loss were the best totals in the state regardless of classification and his solo tackle statistics were listed as the best undisputed total in the nation.
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