Before this past season began, Cayuga's Keshawn Jackson wasn’t even a running back. Now, he has been named to the first team All-State team.
Jackson finished the season with 1,878 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns, with Cayuga coach Russell Holden stating that Jackson was someone he could count on all season long when the Wildcats got into a jam.
“Keshawn was a huge impact on the team this year,” Holden said. “Every time he touched the ball there was an opportunity for him to score a touchdown.
“He's got incredible quickness and we feel like this offense really fits him well,” the coach continued. “We have some big offensive linemen who can clear the holes for him and he sees those little creases and he can accelerate through there.
“Running this offense really suits him and can show what he can really do.”
This season was not only a fresh start for Jackson, but for Holden, who is in his first year as the team's head coach.
While many people seemed to think that the 2013 season would be a rebuilding year, the Wildcats defied expectations by finishing the season with an astounding 8-1 record.
“We switched offenses; we switched defenses,” Holden said. “I didn't even know a lot of the kids who were going to be playing, including Keshawn.
“I wasn't sure he was going to play this year,” he added. “When he decided to come out, we switched him to running back immediately because of the offense we were going to be running this year.
“It's been a huge blessing to us to be able to run him out there when he's averaging close to 10 yards per carry. It makes our team look good when he can use his talent like that.”
Being a junior at CHS, Jackson has the chance to come back next year as a senior and continue his success on the field.