Sports

Wed
07
Nov

Giants win third district title in four years with win over Bolton

By Austin Whatley

The Giants had their annual homecoming game this past Friday. The Bolton Bears would be the opponent for the Giants as they were trying to win their 3rd district title in 4 years. The Giants would also be trying to secure a top 16 ranking in the playoffs so they could have a home playoff game for the 4th straight year. Bolton would come in much improved over the last couple of seasons as Coach Mark Teague has done a great job of trying to rebuild the program. The Bears came in with a 3-6 record which was the most wins they have had in 4 years.

 

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Wed
07
Nov

JHS Hall of Fame inductees honored

A capacity crowd was on hand last Thursday night for the annual Jena High School Alumni Association’s banquet at which three former JHS graduates and one TGP graduate were inducted into the JHS Hall of Fame.
The banquet was held at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena with W. B. “Bo” McCartney serving as Master of Ceremonies. After a brief welcome, Boy Scout Troop 14 presented the colors and led in saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, and Ron Carr led in singing the Alma Mater.
Before the meal, JHS graduate Rev. Johnnie Phillips, pastor of United Baptist Church, gave the invocation and blessed the food. At the close of the program, Rev. Truman Stagg, pastor of Nolley Memorial Methodist Church, gave the benediction.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Giants defense holds on to win 21-20 at Caldwell

By Austin Whatley

This past week the Giants traveled to Columbia to take on the Caldwell Spartans in what has become a pretty good rivalry game for the Giants the past few seasons. Last season saw a matchup of undefeated teams that was watched by the biggest crowd to ever watch a game at Guy Campbell Memorial Stadium.

Last year’s game was for the district championship and it ended with Shaun Todd catching a 30 yard touchdown pass from Lamar Farris in the final minute of the game to give the Giants a 29-26 win.

The Giants came into the game last Friday winners of 5 of the last 6 matchups between the two teams and on a 4 game winning streak in the series. This year would be no different as Caldwell would come into the game with a 7-1 and 3-0 district record while the Giants came in with a 6-2 and a 2-1 district record.

 

 

 

Tue
30
Oct

Win two tickets to Saints/Eagles game

The Jena High School Alumni Association is raffling off two tickets to the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles game on November 18th at the Superdome in New Orleans. The game begins at noon.

The winner will receive two executive skybox suite tickets, as well as a $150.00 Visa gift card. Drawing for the winner will be held during the annual JHS Alumni Association banquet, planned for tomorrow night, November 1, 2018, at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena.

 

 

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Tue
23
Oct

Jena Giants blow out Marksville to set up ‘giant’ matchup at Caldwell

By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants came into this past week with their season on the line. With the loss to Avoyelles a couple of weeks ago that made it where every game the rest of the season would be important if the Giants wanted to win a district championship.

This week the important game would be against the Marksville Tigers. These two teams have produced some incredible games over the years with the winner going on to win the district championship the last 5 seasons. There is a crazy stat between these two teams though as in the last 6 matchups the road team has won every time.

There would be a lot at stake in this one as both teams came in with 5-2 records and the Tigers came in undefeated in district play. Both teams are also looking to set themselves up with a good playoff seed with a win.

 

 

Tue
23
Oct

Tigers win! Tigers win! 47-42 over Lakeside

By Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers got much needed revenge on the Warriors of Lakeside High School this past Friday night with a 47-42 win. The Tigers were talking all week about the game last year that cost them a running back, quarterback, and lots of pride. The LaSalle Tigers took a whooping last year in Sibley, Louisiana, but returned the favor to the 5-2 Warriors in Olla this year.

The Tigers scored early and often as the Warriors couldn’t stop the run or the passing attack of the Tigers. Jason Baum found 2 different receivers for touchdowns in this game as the Tigers racked up 226 yards through the air.

Tue
16
Oct

Giants get back on track with 31-0 win

By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants came into this week with a different mindset that this group of players have never experienced before. For the first time since the 2014 season the Giants came into the game with a losing streak after losing the two previous games at ASH and at Avoyelles.

This group of seniors haven’t lost two consecutive games in their careers going all the way back to jr high. So it would be interesting to see how the team would respond after losing a heartbreaker on the road at Avoyelles a week earlier.

The Giants would welcome the 0-6 Peabody Warhorses to town which would be an excellent candidate to get the Giants back on track. Peabody is not your normal 0-6 team though as they came into the game playing one of the toughest schedules in the state and are very talented for a winless team.

 

Tue
16
Oct

Tigers smash Northwood 42-7 for a sweet homecoming victory

By Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers only needed 28 offensive plays to put away the Northwood Gators for a 42-7 homecoming victory.

Jason Baum would fill in at the quarterback position for the injured Blade Beaubouef and would lead all rushers on the night with 4 carries for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns. He would also throw another touchdown pass to Will Smith, who only touched the ball 4 times on the night and two of those touches were scores.

Will would carry the ball 3 times for 42 yards and Zack Dickey would only carry the ball 3 times for 10 yards, but add another scoring run of 3 yards on one of those carries.

 

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Tue
16
Oct

JHS Hall of Fame inductees to be honored

The Board of Directors of The Jena High School Alumni Association has announced that the 2018 JHS Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the annual banquet to begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena.

Guest speaker for the banquet is 1950 JHS graduate, Rev. T. W. Terral, retired Baptist minister. T.W. played football on the very first football team of Jena High School and played four years with the Louisiana College Wildcats.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

LaSalle fills open date with 35-12 victory over Tioga JV

By Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers welcomed Tioga JV to Tiger stadium on Thursday night of last week, as the Tigers were looking for someone to help fill an open date that was made when University Academy of Alexandria dropped its football program when school started this year.

We are thankful that the Tioga Indians were game to bring the JV team over to play. The Tioga Indians were celebrating homecoming all week, but the coaching staff decided it would be able to come over for a Thursday night contest.

Although, this game doesn’t count in power points or district ranking, it was good to get it in to just keep the boys going through the paces. The Tigers came out strong in the first quarter as they drove the ball down the field and capped off the first drive with a 20-yard Zack Dickey run. Hunter Daignault added the extra point and would end up being 5/5 on PATs for the game.

 

 

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