Sports - High School

Nov 21, 2012 6:55 PM by Jordan Mason

Pueblo West running back on the brink of Colorado history

Derek Jackson is on the verge of running into Colorado high school history.

"It's all because of my line," said Jackson.

The Pueblo West running back is putting up video game like numbers. Jackson has a ridiculous 3,149 yards rushing in just eleven games. That's over 286 yards per game, the fourth best average in the country.

"[The game] slows down," said Jackson. "It opens up most of the time, but I just look for the end zone most of the time. I just look for holes and make it happen."

"He just needs the smallest creases and he can make stuff happen out of nothing," said Pueblo West offensive lineman Diego Rojas. It's really fun playing with him and blocking for him."

Undefeated Pueblo West is two wins from its second state title in six years. Derek's older brother Justin Jackson, also a running back who now plays at CSU-Pueblo, led the Cyclones to the 2007 championship.

"What he learned from me the most probably is just the mental part of it," said Justin Jackson. "That probably rubbed off on him the most because we're really close."

"I always wanted to be better than him," said Derek Jackson. "I used to watch him. We're really competitive. He's powerful. I'm more of a scat back. But I have power too.

And that power and quickness has younger brother Derek only 267 yards from the state record, set by 8-man's Myles Smith of Cheyenne Wells' in 2003.

With a possible two games left, at his current pace, Derek Jackson should be all alone at the top of the Colorado record book.

"It would mean a lot with how hard I worked over the summer and everything that I've put into it," said Jackson. "But we're focused on a state championship right now."

Number-one seed pueblo west is at five-seed monarch Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 4A semifinals.

 

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