Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers hoping to extend postseason

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Jonesboro, La, (KNOE) Seven area teams still in the hunt for state championships. Jonesboro-Hodge may be the biggest surprise considering the rough start they got off to.

Postseason football has returned to Jonesboro-Hodge and the Tigers are back on the field looking to grab their first title since 1989.

"The football tradition here was real rich. They were successful every year. Deep runs into the playoffs,” said head coach Terrance Blankenship.

Blankenship knows a thing or two about that tradition. He was a wide receiver on that championship squad.

"We were just fortunate enough, you know my freshmen year we went to the semis and the next three years we were able to host the trophy down in New Orleans. Even the year after I left they went back, but they ended up being runner-ups."

Their last winning season was in 2009 which was when they won their last playoff matchup at home.

That was before they knocked off Elton in the regionals last Friday, winning their eighth straight game.

After dropping four of their first five, the Tigers learned that had to lean on each other for support.

"I be with them a lot. So we're very close with each other in communication,” said junior Deiondre Hall. “On the field, we're like a family. Everything is one together."

"We're doing a lot more competing and getting close with each other helping us get better on field in the game,” said junior Kameron Booker.

The Tigers are now getting ready for their biggest test, which is number 1 seed West St. John, who are on a seven-game winning streak.

"We understand there's still a job to do come Friday,” said Blankenship. “We gotta play the game of football and we gotta play at a high level against West St. John.

The Tigers will head to Edgard, Louisiana on Friday to take on the West St. John Rams in the Class 1-A quarterfinals.