Hello, my name is Coach Jackson and I am the Defensive Coordinator at Desert Ridge. I am writing this post on behalf of my high school football coach whom I look to as a father. I lived with him and his family for 3 1/2 years in high school. Coach has never missed one of the 3 State Championship games Coach Hathcock and I have been blessed to coach in. Knowing this, Coach Hathcock gave me an "All-Access" AIA pass to give to him when he got to the game. He came from California where he was visiting his sick mother for the holiday and had to drive back right after the game. Upon entering the stadium coach went to to the press box to watch the game from up high like many coaches enjoy doing, rather than being on our sideline; he did not want to intefere with anything we were doing as a team. Just before the end of the fourth quarter he left the press box expecting to get on the field to talk with me before he drove back to California. he was told by an AIA rep that they were not letting anymore people on the field at this time. What does an "All-Access" pass mean then? I went to the locker room after the game to talk with the team and returned shortly after hoping to see him before he left. The stands were empty and I did not see him. About 10 minutes later my wife texted and told me they were told to exit the seating area. Coach needed to get on the road back to California to be with his family in the morining and I did not get to see him. I just wanted to say thank you AIA for not allowing me to see a coach and greatest father figure I have had after a game I was so blessed to be apart of. I guess I am not sure what "All-Access" means, and wish I would have known he was not allowed on the field or I would have sought him out and told him I loved him and thanks for coming.
On a side note:
Centennial - you are great program and much respect for the way you play and execute. And thank you to DR players, you have carried the underdog torch gracefully.