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Jarius Reimonenq is often a very busy man. Most notably, Reimonenq is a shutdown cornerback at Oak Grove High School, and when time permits, he doubles as a shoe salesman. 

Reimonenq and his father, Tony, run their own shoe business called Reimonenq Fashions. Tony is the “guy behind the scenes”, according to Jarius. 

“It’s actually fun because my dad is a businessman, so he knows a lot about business and all that stuff. My goal is just to sell them. I’m a pretty good salesman. It’s that charm.”

These days more than ever, though, Jarius Reimonenq is putting the majority of his focus on football and finishing his Oak Grove career strong. The senior has started in the team’s defensive backfield ever since he was sophomore. As a starter, he’s yet to experience postseason football. The Warriors last made the playoffs in 2015 during his freshman campaign. 

Today, six games into the 2018 season, Oak Grove is 5-1 and more importantly 2-0 Region 3-6A. Reimonenq says he and his fellow seniors are on a mission to go out with a bang, especially after falling short the previous two years. 

“We’ve always had talent, but this group of guys is different,” added Reimonenq. “Now that we’re seniors and we have everybody looking up to us, we know the right way to go. Just getting the other guys on board is what has really been our goal. So far we’ve been doing a pretty good job with that.”

Reimonenq has had a lot to do with Oak Grove’s quick start. To this point, he’s the only Warrior defender with a pick, so his four interceptions are obviously team-leading. His fourth came this past Friday against rival Petal. With the Panthers putting together a potential game-tying touchdown drive in the final seconds, Reimonenq picked off Petal quarterback DeCarlos Nicholson as the game clock expired, sealing Oak Grove’s first win in the rivalry since 2015. 

In the last two years, Reimonenq has nine interceptions to his name, but none were bigger than his latest. 

“That was the one that really means the most, because really it’s been a dream for me to catch a game-sealing interception. To do it against our rival school that we lost to the last two years at their place, it really meant a lot to me.”

Safe to say that Reimonenq has a knack for intercepting opposing quarterbacks. He says it’s not to hard when they throw in his direction. Problem is, that doesn’t happen a whole lot. In Oak Grove’s defensive system, though, Reimonenq moves around quite a bit, so eventually a ball will have to come his way. 

“The ball is going to come to me somewhere,” said Reimonenq. “It’s going to come deep, and when it does, I’m gonna get it.”

Plenty of college coaches have taken notice of Reimonenq’s playmaking abilities. Nearly a dozen Division I schools have offered him a scholarship, but he remains committed to Arkansas State. Reimonenq committed to the program in August and plans to sign with the Red Wolves come National Signing Day. 

“I know other schools try to present that family feel to you, but you can feel when it’s real and when it’s fake. Everything felt so real when I went up there [to Jonesboro],” explained Reimonenq. “That was the first thing, and they win. They’re the class of the Sun Belt as I always say, winning five of the last seven championships. I wanna go to a school that wins.”

Reimonenq and the Warriors will look to keep winning Friday night when they play host to Meridian (3-3) in a critical Region 3-6A showdown.