JHHS will celebrate Senior Night when they play host to Many at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium on the campus of Jonesboro-Hodge High School this Thursday . Game time is set for 7:00 pm.
The contest marks the final regular season home game for Chance Leonard, Symeon Malone, Kalep Atkins, D’Marrian Thompson, Da’Marious Burns, Karmekizik Barber, Alfonzo Calahan, JaDarion Brown, Milton Campbell, Jaylin Barnes, Tremarrious Lewis, Demerrius Jones, Braylon Leonard, Noah Lucas, KenWuan Atkins, Zaelyn Thompson and Quirese Howard.
The district 3-2A battle is a tale of two Tigers heading in opposite directions.
Jonesboro-Hodge (2-5, 0-2) is looking to break a three game losing streak, including two straight losses in district competition, while Many (4-2, 2-0) will be attempting to win a third straight and five of their last six games played.
The task of earning a victory is a monumental one for J-H. In the process of defending their Division III state championship of a year ago, Many enters the contest averaging 35.17 points per game (ppg). Take away the 10 points scored in their season opening loss to 6-1 Sam Houston and the average jumps to 40.2 ppg including their 42-13 and 49-0 victories over Mansfield and Winnfield in the last two weeks.
Making matters worse is that Many’s strength is the local Tigers weakness as JHHS has given up a school record 247 points over their first seven games for an average of 35.28 ppg. This includes a shut out of Lincoln Prep, one of the two victories JHHS has tasted this year.
Keys to Victory!
- Eliminate mental mistakes – In each of the Tiger’s losses this season, JHHS has played well for the majority of the game only to suffer from mental mistakes for a short period of time that allows the opponent to score in bunches. Can;t make those kind of mistakes against Many or it will get ugly quick.
- Finish drives – JHHS has moved the ball well all season long. That is until the Tigers get into the red zone (inside opponents 20 yard line). Time and again JHHS has come up short. Will have to capitalize on the opportunities when they get them to win.
- Be physical – Many plays a physical brand of ball and with an intensity that sucks the will to compete out of a team. JHHS match that physicality and intensity to have a chance.