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Kimball’s Jackson prepping for big senior season

Alonzo Jackson averaged 8.2 yards per carry as a junior. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Alonzo Jackson averaged 8.2 yards per carry as a junior. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Kimball senior running back/linebacker Alonzo Jackson is gearing himself for a monster final season at the high school level.

Jackson, who is entering his third year on the varsity roster, has put in all the time possible during this offseason to get ready for the now-2021 spring campaign on the gridiron.  Weekdays, weekends, after school – whatever it takes to be successful.

“I’ve grown a lot actually,” Jackson said. “I got a lot faster. I put on 20 pounds. Last year I was 155. Now I’m 175. Put a lot of weight on. Trying to stay focused and get ready for the senior season.”

The hours Jackson has put in over the last few months are indicative of a desire to be the best version of himself possible since he first started playing sports.

Since he was 6 years old, his father has trained him and pushed him to get better every single day. And, just like what’s taken place this summer, the results have shown and Jackson has been one step ahead on the ladder.

“I always worked with the older kids,” Jackson said. “In middle school, I was working with high schoolers. Even now, I’m working with college players. So I always worked with people that are way better than me to push me to pass my level.”

As a high schooler, Jackson has shown that work come to fruition – even though injuries had him on the sideline for a few games.

After his freshman campaign, coaches were telling him he had something in him. They knew he was different. They knew he was special.

And, during a 2018 game against powerhouse Folsom as a sophomore – a program that has conquered two state championships dating back to 2017 – Jackson registered 64 yards on nine carries and scored for the first time in his varsity career.

“I just felt like if I can do that against Folsom, a top team, then I can do it against anybody,” Jackson said.

Despite missing six games because of an injury a year later, Jackson proved his worth again in the limited time he was able to be on the field.

Jackson rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Defensively, he recorded 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery, helping Kimball to a 5-6 overall record.

It also marked Kimball’s first-ever trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs since the school added a varsity football program in 2010.

“I think I’ve grown a lot to be honest,” Jackson said. “I didn’t have that much of a junior season. I only played three games, but I continue to work and I just pray every day that I have another season just to show out and show what I got.”

No colleges have reached out yet with an offer, but more opportunities are in store for Jackson to showcase himself after an injury in last season.

He and Kimball have their eyes set on the big prize.

“Our goal is a state championship,” Jackson said. “How big or how small our team is, we got a small team. We’re going for a state championship. That’s our goal, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

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