On a beautiful Friday night at John W. Curtis Stadium, the Tigers from Many quickly turned their homecoming into a rout of the Tigers from Jonesboro Hodge in a 58-0 shutout.
What once was a big rivalry game and a near state championship meeting in 2021 wasn’t competitive as Many (7-0, 3-0 District 3-2A) held Jonesboro-Hodge to minus-8 yards for the game and two first downs.
The Tigers accumulated 455 yards on the night, 375 on the ground. The Tigers never punted in the game and the clock ran the entire second half against J-Hodge (2-6, 0-3).
“We played up to our potential tonight,” said Many coach Jess Curtis. “I was very proud of our effort. I’m very proud of our guys.”
After a three and out on Jonesboro’s first possession, Many wasted little time, scoring on their first play. Sylvonte Aldredge took a handoff and scampered 64 yards to pay dirt to put Many up 7-0. Aldredge led all runners with 133 yards on just six touches.
At the 10:10 mark of the first period, the Tigers forced a Jonesboro safety after a fumble to make the score 9-0.
Many needed just three plays for the next score as Aldredge ran for six yards, Jeremiah James ran for 27, and Tackett Curtis ended the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Trevor McLendon. Deacon Lafollette’s kick made the score 16-0.
Many’s next possession took four plays for a 63-yard drive. James had a 24-yard run in the drive that ended on a Curtis 36-yard touchdown pass to Mason Leach. The score now read 23-0 with 2:34 left in the first quarter.
After yet another Jonesboro three-and-out, the Tigers drove 58 yards for their next score. The short three-play drive ended on a Curtis 28-yard touchdown pass to JC Hendrickson for a 30-0 edge early in the second quarter.
Jonesboro once again managed only three plays and punted back to the Tigers. Another 58-yard drive ended after only four plays. James ran the last 20 yards for the score, making the score 37-0 with 8:41 left in the half.
Many’s next scoring drive went seven plays and 47 yards, ending on a Curtis to Leach 7-yard touchdown pass.
In the first half, Curtis completed all four passes for touchdowns totaling 87 yards. With a 42-point lead, the clock ran continuously the rest of the game.
Many had just two possessions in the second half, scoring on both, including the second score coming from an entirely junior varsity lineup.
Jamarlyn Garner brought the score to 51-0 with a 19-yard touchdown run. Chase Higginbotham accounted for the last Tiger score on a 1-yard touchdown run for the final score.
10:29 M – Sylvonte Aldredge 64 run. Deacon Lafollette kick 7-0
9:19 M – Fumble recovery in end zone by Jonesboro, safety 9-0
7:35 M – Tackett Curtis 16 pass to Trevor McLendon, Lafollette kick 16-0
2:34 M –Curtis 36 pass to Mason Leach, Lafollette kick 23-0
11:53 M – Curtis 28 pass to JC Hendrickson, Lafollette kick 30-0
8:41 M – Jeremiah James 20 run, Lafollette kick 37-0
2:18 M – Curtis 7 pass to Leach, Lafollette kick 44-0
7:07 M – Jamarlyn Garner 29 run, Lafollette kick 51-0
3:57 M – Chase Higginbotham 1 run, Lafollette kick 58-0
M – Curtis 4-4 87, 4 TDs
JH – 4-16 35
M – Leach 2-43, 2 TDs, Hendrickson 1-28, 1 TD, McLendon 1-16, 1 TD
JH – 4-35
M – Aldredge 6-133, James 11-131, Garner 8-65, Maxie 4-35, Higginbotham 3-11, Woods 1-6, Booker 1-0, Williams 1-0, Curtis 1-(-5)
M – Curtis 6, Carheel 4
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