Zach Jackson has become a force in the Mansfield Lake Ridge passing game this season, and coach Kirk Thor said that Jackson is much more than just a talented receiver.
Jackson fills many roles on the Eagles football team, and Thor said his contributions to the team’s success this season have been immeasurable.
“Zach is a very talented football player who helps us as a receiver, returner and holder,” Thor said. “He brings a big-play threat to our offense.”
Friday night’s victory over Midlothian was no exception, as Jackson caught a 50-yard touchdown pass and finished the game with 75 yards receiving.
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The performance brought Jackson’s totals to 522 yards receiving and five touchdowns, and the Lake Ridge senior said that he has been impressed with how his team is looking to this point.
“This season, we came into the new year and a brand-new time, we played a little young and immature like any young team,” Jackson said. “But every week we got closer and closer, better and better, to where we are now. I’m happy with how fast we’re progressing and where we are in the season thus far.”
Jackson, who also plays baseball and was recently selected to be an Ambassador for Lake Ridge High School, said he has set some standards for himself this season.
“I have many goals for this season,” Jackson said. “I want another district title, I want to go to playoffs and obviously I want a state title. I also have goals of building a strong relationship of trust and confidence within every player on my team so we can come together and accomplish something great together.
“My personal goals include all-state, all-district, district MVP, a 1,000-plus yard receiving season, and a boatload of touchdowns to go along with it.”
Thor said two of Jackson’s best attributes are the example he sets for his teammates and what he is capable of doing with the ball once he gets it.
“He is a returning varsity receiver with experience, so that helps us offensively,” Thor said. “He has the ability to turn a six-yard catch into a TD.”
To have the type of season for which Jackson and his teammates are hoping, the Lake Ridge senior said it will take a couple of things.
“I think we as a team are extremely talented and the new guys stepped in very well,” Jackson said. “Honestly, I believe another big run will come with the attitude our coach always talks about, which is ‘be 1-0 everyday.’ If you do that, you can’t lose. If we all have that mindset and work with that attitude, we’ll be a very dangerous team again when it comes to postseason.”
Jackson is committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.