By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
When talking about Miles Jackson, Hilldale coach Chad Kirkhart tries to narrow down to what is the best position for the 5-foot-8, 145-pound senior.
“It’s at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner,” Kirkhart said with a laugh.
It’s not a laughing matter to opposing teams. Jackson lines up as a threat — wherever he plays — to score or make big plays any time he touches the football.
Kirkhart, though, is making a point. It doesn’t matter where he plays.
“Miles has played well all year,” he said. “We’ve come to expect that from him.”
Jackson suits up for the Hornets at 7:30 tonight against the Sequoyah Indians with the District 3A-7 championship at stake at Hornet Field.
Jackson’s effectiveness showed last Thursday against Keys. He scooted 75 yards for a touchdown and later returned an interception 40 yards in the 48-0 victory over the Cougars.
Jackson has earned the respect of opposing coaches because of his speed. But no one seems to know how fast he actually is.
“I ran 4.7 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) as a freshman. I’ve gotten faster since then,” Jackson said. “I don’t know I do now.”
But for the player who has 34 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups knows he had a challenge this week. Depending on the outcome of a hearing at Cherokee County District Court, the Indians’ quarterback could be Brayden Scott.
Scott was mentioned with seven other players in a temporary restraining order against the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association to be allowed to play tonight. A district court judge in Tahlequah signed the order for the hearing Thursday.
Jackson is assuming Scott, an University of Memphis commit, will play. Scott has thrown for 1,379 yards and 26 touchdowns.
“He’s a really good quarterback who knows where to throw the ball,” Jackson said. “I’ve got to give him props as he can put the ball on his wide receivers. I’ve got to make sure I know where those wide receivers are. They’re good players.”
But the question still needs to be asked. Where is Jackson’s best position?
He has his own opinion about that.
“I would probably say defense or special teams,” Jackson said. “I can read the wide receivers and have a feel for what they’re going to do. I think I know where the quarterback is going to throw it. On special teams, I just try to make big plays. We’ve been pretty good on defense and I have to give props to our linemen and linebackers (Josh Giem and Jamaul Cullom) for helping the defensive backs to make plays.”
Both teams bring the same 4-0 district records and 7-1 overall marks into the showdown. Sequoyah is ranked No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press poll, while Hilldale is No. 10.
“I have the mindset that I’m going to go out there and give 100 percent,” he said. “I know our other players are going to do the same thing. The game’s going to be a dogfight for four quarters.”