There is no escape from football for Jacob LaSalle.
Missouri State High School Activities Association rules limit the amount of time high school coaches can make their players practice over the summer, but LaSalle lives in Marionville with his coach, his father.
Jacob and Comets coach Jamie LaSalle have one more season to go before the quarterback/linebacker graduates in 2016.
“He’s on me 24/7, and I’m sure I’ll look back on it and I’ll know that it was probably the best thing for me, because he makes me better. It definitely can be hard sometimes,” Jacob LaSalle said.
Fortunately, Jacob LaSalle loves football and enjoys working to get better at the game. He’s already been to three college camps and two scouting combines this summer in an effort to get noticed by scouts.
“I’d definitely like to go play college football at the highest level I can,” LaSalle said. “I like quarterback, but I think I’m probably a little better at linebacker. I get to be the aggressor, so I like that.”
This past weekend, LaSalle was one of seven players from the Springfield area to take part in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Combine at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Jacob has really worked hard. I give him a lot of credit, he’s gone to a lot of combines, he’s worked hard in the weight room, he’s got six colleges that he went to their senior day to work out at linebacker,” Jamie LaSalle said. “I’m proud of that effort and he’s getting better.”
Marionville reached the Class 1 quarterfinals of the 2014 playoffs. The Comets won a Class 1 District 2 championship by beating Cabool 20-16, but lost to eventual state champion Valle Catholic 48-20 in the quarters.
Jacob LaSalle says the playoff experience energized Marionville’s returning players.
“I think we’re real fired up and motivated; I know I am. We’ve got a big senior class and we just want to get back to where we were last year and hopefully win the game this time,” LaSalle said. “It gives you a ton of motivation to work harder, and you just want a shot at the state champs again.”
Marionville replaces four of its five offensive linemen from the playoff run but returns an important starter in tackle Waylon Davis. The Comets also bring back running back Tanner Wright, who rushed for 1,577 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
“Tanner Wright — he had a tremendous season last year,” Jamie LaSalle said. “I expect Tanner to have another tremendous season.”
Jacob LaSalle made 112 tackles as a linebacker in 2014. At quarterback, he rushed for 1,303 yards and scored 19 touchdowns.