Jena Giants cited for success

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What Jena High School Head Coach Jay Roark has done with the football program has been nothing short of spectacular. Since he has been hired in 2012, every year, the Giants have just gotten better and better. They have improved as a program so much that they are one of the top programs in the Cenla area. Since he has been there, you can see the development as the Giants finished 5-5 in 2012, 5-6 in 2013, and 6-5 in 2014 to dramatically improving over the last four seasons at 11-1 in 2015, 9-3 in 2016, 10-1 in 2017, and 9-2 in 2018. It also helps that the program has had some of its best talent to go through in nearly a decade. Players like TE Parker Fink (Northwestern State), WR JaRay Jenkins (LSU), QB Lamar Farris (Trinity Valley Community College), etc. have all signed at the college level during that time.

Heading into the 2018 season, the Giants had to replace both Jenkins and Farris, who both played huge parts in establishing the Giants as a Class 3A power. Luckily, players like SS Shaun Todd, LB Troy Dangerfield, OL/DL Aaron Boyette, OG Devin DeLaSalle, DE Thomas Bigner, and CB Zyrek Norl have stepped up to give the Giants their fourth straight nine plus game winning season in a row. Even though the Giants may have enjoyed a great season on the surface, a lot of the seniors thought that they could accomplish more.

“I felt like we underachieved because we worked so hard only to fall short in the second round of the playoffs to Union Parish,” Dangerfield said.


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