This week is the first week of a new feature on The Wolverine and The Wolverine Blog: I will be traveling each week to a high school game featuring a 2010 Michigan commit, with highlights and interviews being posted here on the blog and over at The Wolverine. This past week, I went to Ann Arbor Huron High School to watch the River Rats and WR Jeremy Jackson take on Tecumseh. Video highlights of Jackson’s performance are posted at TheWolverine.com ($).
Jeremy Jackson’s Huron squad looked to get their season on track against Tecumseh after an opening-week loss to Chelsea. The River Rats got on the board early after a pass interference call drawn by Jackson set up a one-yard TD sneak by QB Peter Helvie, and Jackson added the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. From there, it was all Huron, with tailback Bradford King (13 carries, 110 yards, TD) leading the way to an easy 41-14 victory, the first under new head coach Cory Gildersleeve. After the jump, get exclusive game highlights, a video interview with Jeremy Jackson, and a breakdown of Jackson’s play.
Jeremy Jackson: Jackson had a tough time getting involved in the offense on a day when the ground game carried Huron to victory. Split out wide the whole game, Jackson was targeted five times by quarterback Peter Helvie, but four passes were uncatchable (Jackson did have one very nice catch on the sideline, but the pass pulled him out of bounds) and on the fifth, a streak in the first quarter, he was literally tackled while the ball was in the air for pass interference. Jackson did find other ways to make an impact, pulling down two-point conversions on Huron’s first two scores, including a spectacular leaping grab after the River Rats’ second touchdown. He also played free safety, and had a critical interception deep in Huron territory in the third quarter that he returned to midfield.
Postgame interview: (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to grab Jeremy until several minutes after the game, as Huron was shutting down their stadium. Hence, the Blair Witch Project-esque footage.)
Next Week: Friday I will be traveling to Avon Lake, Ohio, to see OL Christian Pace and his Avon Lake squad take on Elyria.