While none of the Waxahachie football players and fans were happy with the result in their zero week match up with Midlothian, not many feel like Indian quarterback Avery Jackson.
The junior was probably going to be a reserve quarterback and a starter at cornerback for that game until Waxahachie’s starting quarterback, sophomore Max McCulloch, wasn’t able to play due to an injury.
With McCulloch down, Jackson was asked to step up and start the game.
“I was a little nervous, but I was ready,” Jackson said. “Wednesday they really started putting me in with the starters and getting me ready.”
Jackson completed just six passes for 84 yards and didn’t throw a touchdown in the 49-14 loss to the Panthers. His biggest completion came on a 39-yard deep pass to Elijah Brown.
“We could have done better, but I think there were a lot of positives from the game too,” Jackson said. “Just getting the reps for the whole team was a big thing since we’re so young.”
McCulloch is likely going to be back for the team’s next game Friday night at West Mesquite so Jackson’s role may change.
“I’m still going to prepare for quarterback, but I’ll spend more time at cornerback,” Jackson said. “I didn’t get any run out there at corner during the game.”
He likes playing both positions, but sees some more difficulty playing defense.
“Offensively, I want the ball in my hands, but on defense I’m a corner,” Jackson said. “It’s hard playing cornerback because you’ve got to chase your man all night. But I try and be more physical at the line.”
Jackson is just 5-foot-10, 155 pounds so some wide receivers are going to be bigger than he is. Thankfully, he’s on the same team as one of 15-4A’s biggest wide outs, Quinn Sargent, who stands at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds.
“Some guys can be hard to press like Quinn. He’s big and strong so it’s hard to get him off his route,” Jackson said. “But if you stay quick with your feet, you can be alright.”
The junior spent most of this week trying to get better on both sides of the ball.
“We’re going over our weaknesses and we’ve got a couple weeks to get ready for West Mesquite,” Jackson said. “I know they are fast, but Waxahachie beat them last year and we can do it again. We’ve got to focus on our mistakes and getting better.”
The Indians (0-1) will face the Wranglers (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite ISD Memorial Stadium.
West Mesquite lost 20-7 at Rockwall-Heath in zero week, but rebounded to beat Wylie at home Friday night. The Wranglers have some of the fastest players in the state and will be a challenge for Waxahachie.