By Mark Maxwell
Simeon running back Jordan Jackson scored two first half touchdowns to propel his Wolverines (9-4) to their second win over Dunbar this season in the Chicago Public League Championship. The 23-14 win earned Simeon a chance to represent the Chicago Public League against St. Rita (11-2) in the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field on Friday.
Jackson, an honor roll student at Simeon, carried the lion share of the offensive workload against Dunbar with 30 carries for 217 yards. Jackson’s dominant rushing performance earned him a moment in the spotlight and his first Allstate Athlete of the Week award.
“I think it's a great honor. I just wanted to thank God first off for putting me in this position,” said Jackson. “I know when I was a sophomore, I always dreamed about being the athlete of the week. For it to come my senior year is a blessing.”
The shifty back loves to evade tacklers, leaving them grasping for thin air.
“Everything fast,” he said. “If I make a mistake, I want to do it fast. I try to not be there. Say if a defender sees me in the open field, I try to give him a little one-two and get out there. Just get him out of my face really.”
Jackson joined forces with Simeon after transferring from T.F. South. He has especially liked his new coach, saying that he always dreamed of a coach that would push him to the next level.
“It's a blessing that he feels like I'm the one that's pushing him but it's just what he has in him and I'm just getting it out of him,” said coach Dante Culbreath. “I don't think it's that I'm a great coach or anything like that. I know the skill level that he has and I'm just motivating him and doing everything I can to get it out of him.”