If Middle Creek (N.C.) was going to go down in a season-ending loss in a North Carolina Class 4AA semifinal to Wake Forest, Mustangs defensive star Daniel Jackson wasn’t going to go down quietly.
With his team trailing 14-0 in the fourth quarter and awaiting a field goal, Jackson anticipated the snap, hooped through the middle of the line and got a clean hand on the kick, as you can see at the 2:00 mark of the highlight reel above. Yet it wasn’t enough for Jackson to reject the field goal attempt, instead he grabbed the loose ball in midair and sprinted down the field, reaching the end zone by with ease long before any Cougars player could reach him.
The blocked kick-6 play was clearly the standout in Jackson’s evening, though he spent the semifinal creating mass havoc as usual. An Army commit, Jackson did indeed see his season peter out in overtime after a furious rally tied it late, but at least he could look back on one more exceptional play in a high school career marked by them. After all, the special teams touchdown came exactly a week after Jackson led from the front with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a full day of pestering everyone in the offensive backfield.
That’s his job, and now it’s time for Jackson to prepare to go do it at West Point.