No matter the level, college or high school, the 300 yard rushing game is rare. In Colorado this season, Ryan Moeller of Rifle has posted a 400 yard game and a 300 yard game. Thornton’s Keynan Huguley has posted a 500 yard game and a 300 yard game. Eaton’s Austin Ekeler has broken the 300 barrier twice.
Great numbers by all and Huguley’s 500 game stands alone, especially if you account that Huguley is the Thornton offense, but only Pueblo West back Derek Jackson has broken the 300 mark four times. Right now, with playoffs around the corner, Pueblo West is 10-0 and Jackson is playing his best football in this already historic season. Most impressive regarding Jackson’s 300 yard games is the fact that he has three in a row. Two weeks ago he went for 305 against Pueblo Centennial, last week he put 370 on Pueblo South and this weekend he rushed for over 300 against Mesa Ridge. Due to his current tear, Jackson is knocking on the door of 2,500 yards.
The 5-9 190 pound Jackson combines the toughness to handle multiple carries with the speed to go long. This combination is most apparent in Jackson’s ability to run between the tackles, beat the first defender and hit a big run.
Currently unbeaten, Jackson’s West squad will see itself in the top half of the 4A playoff bracket and as such, Jackson should have another strong game as he leads the Cyclones into the playoffs.