Capitol High is one win away from playing for the Class 2A Championship, and the Lions (12-1) are now in preparations for their weekend showdown with Evangel.
“We are coming out smoking and looking to get a win,” said Capitol running back Frankie Jackson. “We want to end up in the Dome.”
If the Lions do get to New Orleans, Jackson will have been a driving force behind the success.
The senior running back finished the regular season with 812 yards and seven touchdowns on 82 carries, but that was only the beginning.
Each weekend of the playoffs, the Jackson has gotten stronger. In a comeback victory over Menard last weekend, he rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
The following Wednesday, he found himself sitting in the LSU football operations building, where Jackson and coach Chad Germany awaited a meeting with Tiger offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.
“[Crowton] told me to come up there and meet with him, and our talk went well,” Jackson said. “He said he was kind of forced to see what I was all about, because I had been in the newspapers every week. He said he just kept hearing more and more, so he wanted to sit me down in person.”
During the conversation, Crowton showered the local-talent with praise.
“He said he had gotten his hands on some recent video, and that his offense would be a good fit for me,” Jackson said. “He let me know that he was impressed.
“When we were finished meeting, [Crowton] told me that he was going to sit down with coach Les Miles when he got back into town and they would watch the video together, and then we would keep talking from there.”
The word from Crowton to Germany was equally telling on what the Tigers think of Jackson’s abilities.
“They think he is the complete package,” Germany said. “They’ve been watching him this year and like the way he can run inside and use his speed to get to the edge.
“A lot of people were waiting to see what Frankie did this year, and now he’s starting to get his due. He can run between the tackles and he can bounce it outside. He has good vision and great balance, which is two of the most important traits you want in a back.”