Reed City senior is football All-Stater

Seth Jackson is honored by Associated Press

Seth Jackson (left) is a first-team All-Stater for Reed City.

Seth Jackson (left) is a first-team All-Stater for Reed City.

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REED CITY – Reed City junior football player Seth Jackson received All-State honors in Divisions 5 and 6 by the Associated Press.

Jackson played both defensive back and wide receiver for Coyotes. Defensively, he had 79 tackles with two for a loss, two forced fumbles, seven interceptions, seven pass breakups and two pick sixes.  He was all-conference and all-region, plus the Pioneer’s Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year.

“I believe that Seth is the defensive player of the year,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “He makes plays all over the field from his safety position. This is his third year on varsity and each year he has gotten better."

"Seth is a ball hawk and a great athlete," he added. "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 list also included honorable mention honors for quarterback Preston Wallace of Evart and Shankel.

“Preston’s first year at the helm was a historic one,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “He set passing yards and completion percentage records as well as touchdown to interception ratio. Preston threw for 1,835 yards, 24 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions along with a 62 percent completion percentage. He had multiple games with 3+ touchdown passes and a career high 5 touchdown passes against playoff team Frankfort. Preston was first team Highland Conference quarterback and first team MHSFCA Division 7 All Region quarterback.”

Shankel, in his third season with Reed City, led the Coyotes to a 9-2 record and their 10th conference title in the last 11 years.