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Jackson on THSCA grid team

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The Texas High School Coaches Association recently announced the rosters of the THSCA Football and Basketball All-Stars who will be competing in the annual All-Star games in conjunction with the THSCA Coaching School and Convention in Austin, Texas, July 19-22.   

Standout Sulphur Springs wide receiver Jace Jackson was chosen to the North football squad.

The All-Star Basketball game will be played on July 20 at The Frank Erwin Center. Tip off will be 7:30 p.m. Hunter Cooley of Jim Ned High School will be coaching the North team and Stan Leech of Boerne Champion High School will coach the South.

The football game will be played on July 21 at the Darrell K. Royal/Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The South team will be coached by Gary Joseph of Katy High School, and the North will be coached by Mickey Owens of Monahans High School.

Few players coming into the game have more impressive stats than Jackson.

Jackson, who has signed with Sam Houston State University, had a stellar senior year as the Wildcats won state. Jackson, a 6-2 receiver, had 105 catches for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns in his final year wearing the Sulphur Springs uniform.

Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens was happy for Jackson to receive the honor.

“I had a kid (Michael Williams) from Lindale back when I coached there make this game, he later went to Texas,” Owens said. “I had the opportunity to play in it back in 1986. It was a great experience you get to meet a lot of great athletes and guys you will see play on Sundays.”

Owens continued, “It’s a great honor - you are among the best in the state. Jace will get to rub elbows with some of the best and get to play in a great venue at Texas and dress in their facilities. We will be attending the game to see him play; it is also at the same time as our coaching school in Austin.”

Jackson was also humbled by the honors and intrigued at the chance to play with the best in the state.

“It’s an honor. I am looking forward to it,” Jackson said. “It think it will be a good game, a close game. It feels good to have a good senior year and get this kind of reward.”

Jackson said he will do what he can to make the team successful, including volunteering to go over the middle.

“I’m 6-2 which is pretty good size, I can make catches over the middle,” Jackson said. “I feel like I can get those tough catches. I might not be as fast as some of the other receivers. But I know I can get open and catch it.”

Jackson said his coaches at Sam Houston had approved his participation in the event.

“They told me to go and have fun, that it was an honor and to enjoy it. I asked them before I committed to the game. They said it was better to do to this all-star game than to come in early at Huntsville,” Jackson said.

The only other selection to  the all-star game from District 13-4A is LaMarcus Howard of Longview.

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