Jonesboro

The Jonesboro Cardinals are coming into 2019 with a stacked roster and a playoff appearance in their pocket.

Jonesboro got their retribution in 2018 by punching their ticket to the postseason for their first time in Region 3-AAAAA competition. The Cardinals have momentum following the loss in the tournament but it’s something to build off in 2018.

”The kids are pretty excited, it’s an exciting time,” Jonesboro head coach Tim Floyd said. “We’re hoping to build off the momentum that we did get. Even though it was a loss in the playoffs, we played well, and the kids got a good vibe coming off that.”

Keeping the level-headed approach to the season will be important for the Cardinals this season. Floyd believes that his program knows that last season is in the past and they’ll have to remain focused for 2019.

”Although we are trying to build off of it, there’s a lot of work to be done,” Floyd said. “There’s always work to be done to improve every day.”

Many of the Cardinals’ starters have returned also. Highlighted by Tremir Alexis at quarterback and top target Rasheed Singleton in the wide receiver position. The offensive line also has Jeff Mays back for his senior campaign who will open holes for Isaiah Rice and Nazim Whitaker this year.

Many of the starters on offense also have experience on defense and particularly the secondary. The strength of the defense lies on the shoulders of Walter Forte, just like last season in the secondary.

Team Info

Head Coach: Tim Floyd (seventh season)

2018 Record: 5-6

Region: 3-AAAAA

Last Playoff Appearance: 2018

Schedule

Aug. 23 Mount Zion

Aug. 30 at Buford

Sept. 6 Woodland

Sept. 13 Ware County

BYE

Sept. 27 Starr’s Mill

Oct. 4 at Whitewater

Oct. 11 Griffin

Oct. 18 Riverdale

Oct. 25 at Fayette County

Nov. 1 McIntosh

BYE

Key Losses: RB Kendarius Hillman, OL Zach Hayes, DL Jalen Pugh, LB Reginald Potts

Key Returners: OL Jeff Mays, QB Tremir Alexis, DB Walter Forte, WR/DB Rasheed Singleton, DB Walter Forte, OL Eugene Orr, LB William Tims, RB Isaiah Rice

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor. SPJ member.

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