Evaluating a season's worth of starts by quarterback Jordan Jackson

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

For those who followed last year's football season, Bonner Springs head coach Lucas Aslin inserting Jordan Jackson into the lineup as the starting quarterback was one of the biggest moments.

Jackson immediately came in and made a difference, leading Bonner Springs to a 5-2 record, including a five-game winning streak that culminated in a district championship.

With two games into this year, Jackson now has nine starts to his credit, meaning a full regular season's worth of games.

How has he done?

A quick look:
  • Jackson's passed for 1,784 yards, averaging over 198 yards a game in those nine starts. At the high school level, that's pretty good.
  • Jackson has a 10-to-1 touchdown/interception ratio. He's tossed for 21 touchdowns and has thrown just two interceptions in his career. 
  • He's more accurate this year. After completing 57 percent of his passes last season, Jackson is 24-of-37 in passing attempts this season. His accuracy has improved quite a bit and he now can brag about completing over 60 percent of his career passing attempts. Again, that's good for a junior quarterback. 
  • Stats are nice. But here's the most important part of Jackson's success: Bonner Springs is now 7-2 in games Jackson has started, including just one loss in the Kaw Valley League.
Jackson's had some help this year at the wide receiver position following the loss of Stevie Williams. Mason Roberts and Travis Dooley have stepped up big time.

Dooley had two long touchdown receptions totaling 153 yards, while Roberts provided a steady 6-catch, 86-yard performance against Lansing.

Still, there were questions about how Bonner Springs would recover losing 37 combined touchdowns from Johnathan Jackson and Williams.

So far, so good.

Jackson's proven himself not only this year, but validated last year. It's now clear the Bonner Springs offense really took off when he became the starting quarterback.

The momentum has carried over to this year and Bonner Springs is in the thick of the Kaw Valley League race.