Reed City football standout set for basketball

Jackson finishes strong season on gridiron

Reed City's Seth Jackson (left) is now focusing on basketball season.

Reed City's Seth Jackson (left) is now focusing on basketball season.

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REED CITY – Seth Jackson is among the Reed City football players getting ready for the basketball season, which starts next week.

Jackson, a junior, played a key role on a football team that was 9-2 and won a league title. He had 79 tackles as a defensive back, two tackles for a loss two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, seven interceptions, seven pass break ups and two pick sixes. He earned all-conference honors.

“He makes plays all over the field from his safety position,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “This is his third year on varsity and each year he has gotten better. Seth is a ball hawk and a great athlete. He had three interceptions in the Newaygo game this year and returned one for a score. When we needed a play he would be the one making it. This was his third season on varsity.”

The Coyotes were disappointed losing to Montague in the state district final game, but it was still a season for the ages.

“It was a good season with not that many seniors and a young team,” Jackson said. “We return a lot next year. We’ll return a lot in the offseason.”

Jackson is also a talented wide receiver. But his defense really stood out.

“Defensively, I led the conference again with seven interceptions,” he said. “I had five last season. (On interceptions) you have to read your keys. If you don’t you’ll get beat everytime.”

Jackson said two highlights were playing well against state powerhouses Cadillac and Motnague despite the loss.

As a receiver, “I ran track last spring and got a lot faster,” Jackson said. “That helped a lot.”

He had a sore ankle toward the end of football season but was ready for a new challenge.

“I’ll take care of this ankle and get ready for basketball,” he said.