Kilgore High School senior Patrick “Buddy” Jackson was on a big stage Monday – the biggest stage in the state.
Jackson was a member of the West all-stars as a part of the annual high school version of the Blue-Grey All-Star football game, played at AT&T Stadium on Monday night. Jackson’s team won, 23-20, in overtime, and Jackson had an interception to help.
Jackson, who has played quarterback and some defensive back at KHS, was a defensive back for the West all-stars, coached by former NFL players like Mark McMillan and Larry Centers (of Tatum). The game featured some of the most talented high school football players in the nation.
Jackson had an interception in the fourth quarter, then a second interception with about a minute left in regulation that helped send the game to overtime, where kicker Gabe Brkic, from a school in Ohio, booted a 47-yard field goal to put the West in front by three, 23-20, the eventual game-winner (Brkic’s third field goal in the contest).
Jackson and the West’s defense held the East scoreless on its possession, and the West sealed the win.
Jackson helped Kilgore to the playoffs the last three seasons as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback, winning back-to-back district championships in 2015 and 2016.