Last fall Jonesboro-Hodge put together the best football seasons the school has enjoyed in the new millennium. One would think that the memories of the campaign is something that would want to be remembered by when the 2022-23 edition of Tigers took to the field for their first spring practice this past Monday, it was the first thing that JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship implored his team to forget.
“Last year is over and done,” Blankenship told his team. “What we did then won’t help us win a single game this year so I don’t want to hear anything about it. Our focus has to be on what we need to do to be successful this year.”
One thing the Tigers won’t be doing is playing many teams from a year ago as JHHS has moved into a new district moving from 1-2A into District 3-2A. The Tigers also won’t have many “pushovers” on the schedule.
JHHS opens the season by traveling to district 2-2A defending champion General Trass. Next they will play two of the three holdovers from last years scheduled when they host Class 5A West Ouachita and travel to district 4-2A member Bunkie. The Tigers travel again the following week but only to Lincoln Prep before coming home to play Pineville, marking the first time in school history that JHHS will host two Class 5A schools in the same season.
District 3-2A play then begins with a gauntlet of road games as Red River (Coushatta), Mansfield and defending Class AA state runner-up Many. The Tigers close out the regular season with Homecoming against Lakeview and Senior Night against traditional rival Winnfield.
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