Tigers pound Pineville for second straight win

A couple of historic first’s led to a second straight victory for the improving Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers who pounded Pineville 20-10 this past Thursday evening. The contest against the visiting Rebels marked the first time in school history that a pair of Class 5A teams have visited Caldwell-Peacock Stadium in the same season. The pair of safety’s registered by the Tigers in the first half for the first time ever led to the win that improved the Tigers record to 2-3 in the final tune-up before district 3-2A play begins next week. 

“It was a good win,” stated head coach Terrance Blankenship. “We are starting to show signs of coming together.”

It was the domination of the ground game that proved to be the difference. Led by 140 yards on 27 carries from Ed’Tayvous Drayton the Tigers racked up a season best 225 yards on the ground compared to allowing just 16 yards on 16 carries to Pineville, who fell to 0-5 on the year. 

Another factor in the victory was the winning of the turnover battle for the first time all season. Not only did the Tigers hold a  3-2 advantage in the critical category, the J-H defense scored their first points of the year. 

It was the defense that got the Tigers on the board first when Demmerious Jones swatted a fumbled snap on a Pineville punt through the back of the end zone to give J-H a 2-0 advantage. the effort led to the Tigers getting the ball right back on the Pineville 44 yard line where Drayton put the finishing touches on a 5 play drive with a nine yard scamper into the endzone. Dominick Strickland capped the drive with a two point conversion run to give JH a 10-0 advantage. 

Pineville rallied to knot the score at 10-10 on a field goal and scoring pass setting up the historic second safety by the Tigers who once again capitalized on an errant snap. This time it was on a second down play from their own 13 after Dakota Knox had pinned the Rebels at their own 10 yard line with one of his four punts on the night that had a cumulative average of 34.2 yards per kick. 

The Tigers opened the game up in the early stages of the fourth quarter when Xavier Atkins gathered a Strickland pass in the left flats and raced his way for a 41 yard score. Another Strickland bull rush into the endzone for two upped the margin to 20-10. 

JHHS iced the game by embarking on a 16 play drive that took 8:12 off the clock in the final period. Drayton and Chase Leonard, who rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries on the night, did most of the damage as the Tigers methodically marched 70 yards before turning it over near the Pineville goal line to end the drive. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
JHHS (2-3) 10 2 0 8 20
Pineville (0-5) 0 10 0 0 10

Scoring:

1st Period: (JHHS) – Safety
1st Period: (JHHS) – Drayton 9 yd run, Strickland 2pt run
2nd Period: (PHS) – 24 yd FG
2nd Period: (PHS) – 18 yard pass, XP good
2nd Period: (JHHS) – Safety
4th Period: (JHHS) – Atkins 41 yd pass reception from Strickland, Strickland  2 pt run

JHHS Individual Stats Leaders:

Passing: Strickland (7-13-75 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Rushing: Drayton (27 – 140, 1 TD), Leonard (13-65) Strickland (7-19), Jones (1-1)
Receiving: Atkins (2-51, 1 TD), Drayton (2-10), Bolds (1-9, Leonard (2-5)
Tackles: Atkins (10, 1 sack, 3 TFL), D. Jones (8, 2 TFL), Waters (4, 2 TFL)


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