Jacksboro athletics year in review
The 2015-16 athletic year is in the books and while it wasn’t as successful as Jacksboro coaches may have liked, there is plenty of hope for the future.
Many of the Purple squads were forced to play a lot of young players this year. While there were some growing pains, it can only reap benefits down the road.
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Brian Hodnett found out about youth in the early going as 13 of his 25 varsity players were sophomores. Much like a year ago when the bulk of players were sophomores, the Tigers grew into their roles quickly and got off to a 4-1 start, including a 2-0 opening to District 9-3A action.
Just when it seemed like things were on their way to a positive ending, Jacksboro’s second half of the season would not yield a single win, forcing the squad out of the playoffs for the second straight season.
“Experience was the key word (last) year because our young kids certainly got a bunch of it,” Hodnett said in a recent interview. “In my career, that experience in the young kids is what has turned things around.”
For more details, see the June 17 Herald-Gazette.