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Wed
11
Sep

Giants start season with big win over Franklin Parish 32-7

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By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants football team started their regular season this past week by welcoming an old friend to town. Former Jena offensive coordinator Whitney McCartney brought his Franklin Parish Patriots to town.

Coach McCartney who is a longtime friend of Jena head coach Jay Roark also had a big hand in the success of the Giants during his tenure in Jena. During the two seasons that coach McCartney was in Jena the Giants won 20 of 24 games and made it to the second round of the playoffs both seasons.

So it would seem a little odd to see Coach McCartney on the opposite sideline for this one. The captains for the Giants were seniors Daniel Moss, Trelon Jones, Wesley Humphries, and Cameron Jackson.

 

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Wed
11
Sep

LaSalle beats Beekman Charter 19-12 last Friday

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By Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers were able to put a notch in the win column last Friday night in Olla. They welcomed in Beekman Charter School from Bastrop, who did win the season opener last year in triple overtime.

In the opening possession of the game Beekman Charter would be turned away by a defense that would fly to the ball all game. On the 8th play of the opening drive, looking at a 4th and short yardage situation, Beekman decided to go for it and Griffin Peppers would record his first sack of the game.

This would turn the ball over to the Tiger offense that would utilize a nineplay drive ending with a Kade Hillestad to Zack Dickey 17-yard connection for a touchdown. Hunter Daigneault would come in and add the extra point for the Tigers to take a 7-0 lead.

 

Wed
11
Sep

Tigers looked good in Jamboree

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By: Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers had a final dress rehearsal against Tensas Parish High School Saturday night (Aug. 31) in the Vidalia Jamboree, beating Tensas 27-14 in the two-quarter contest. The Tigers were able to move the ball at will against the Tensas defense.

The scoring started in the first half when senior quarterback Kade Hillestad found the endzone on a designed run from 14 yards out and Hunter Daigneault added the extra point.

The Tigers’ defense was stingy with yardage all night led by senior defensive end Logan Mathews, who finished the game with 3 sacks.

 

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Wed
04
Sep

Tigers looking for redemption Friday night

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After kicking off the 2019 football season in Vidalia last Saturday night at the Vidalia Jamboree, the LaSalle Tigers are ready to face their first test of the year this Friday night as they take on the Beekman Charter Tigers.

LaSalle is looking for redemption after losing a heartbreaker to Beekman for the season’s opener last year in triple overtime at the Beekman school near Bastrop.

 

 

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Wed
04
Sep

Giants fight hard but come up short against Sterlington in Bayou Jamb

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For the second consecutive season the Jena Giants open their season on the campus of ULM as the Giants participated in the annual Bayou Jamboree. All of the top programs in Northeast Louisiana would participate in the two-day jamboree.

Last season saw the Giants pick up a 34-14 win over the OCS Eagles. This season the Giants would take on the defending class 3A state runner-up Sterlington Panthers.

The Panthers return a veteran offense including returning starters quarterback Hayes Crockett, fullback Jordan Townsend, and tailback Dallas Reagor.

 

 

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Wed
04
Sep

Meet the Jena Giant Seniors…

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Wed
28
Aug

LDWF warns public not to feed alligators

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The high waters around the state this spring and summer have resulted in more alligator sightings. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Alligator Program warns the public not to feed them as doing so can create a potentially dangerous situation for you and others who utilize the water.

When alligators are fed by humans, they start associating people with an easy food source, bringing them in much closer proximity to people than they normally would. This can lead to increased opportunity for dangerous conflict between people and alligators. Simply put, they may see humans as source of food once they become accustomed to being fed, according LDWF experts.

 

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Wed
28
Aug

Giants play well at Many scrimmage; play in Bayou Jamboree this Thursday

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The Jena Giants football team come into this season in kind of a rebuilding/reloading year after losing 11 senior starters from last year’s team. They also lost the most winningest senior class in school history. But with the way that Jena head coach Jay Roark has built the program instead of looking to rebuild they just reload.

This offseason was one of the best for Giants as they had great attendance to summer workouts as the new batch of Giants look to make their mark on the program. The Giants return a couple of senior starters from last year’s team that should help in reloading as senior running back Trelon Jones, senior wide receiver Cameron Jackson, senior linebacker Daniel Moss, and senior linebacker Wesley Humphries return as three year starters.

 

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Wed
21
Aug

Another Giant signs to play college ball

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The list of Jena Giants who have signed to play at the collegiate level continues to grow. Last week, Jena High’s all-star, multisport standout, 2019 graduate Shaun Todd signed his name to play baseball at Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

Todd, who dominated in football, basketball, and baseball during his years at Jena High and could have played any of the three at the next level, ultimately chose baseball as his ticket to earn his college degree.

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Wed
14
Aug

LaSalle Tigers face tough schedule

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For LaSalle Tiger Head Football Coach Derek White, the key to a successful season in one of his toughest schedules ever is simple: No turnovers!

“We literally lost the first three games of last year due to turnovers,” White said in an exclusive interview last week. “That seemed to set the stage for our entire season as we gave the ball away more than we had it.”

The Tigers, which finished last year with an overall record of 5-6 and a District 3-1A record of 3-2, lost in the first round of the playoffs against Slaughter Community Charter.

 

 

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