Jackson looks to form 6-man football team in Cass County
George “Jug” Jackson is a name that is etched in Atlanta Rabbit football history.
Jackson is looking to start a 6-man football program here in Cass County which would be dubbed the “Cass County Crusaders”.
The team would adhere to UIL rules and eligible players would be home school boys or boys not playing football for a high school team, boys in grades 9-12 starting in 2018, boys who must be passing their classes and must be in good standing at school.
Practice days would be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in Atlanta or Linden.
Games would be played on Saturday afternoon and all games would be on the road at Union Hill, Tyler, Marshall, Longview, Henderson, Chester or Apple Springs.
Parents would be expected to get their son’s to practice and help the team get to the games.
Money for equipment will be raised at a golf tournament at Indian Hills Country Club in Atlanta.
Golf fees and money raised through golf hole sponsorship would cover uniforms with no cost to the player’s family.
Jackson hopes this venture takes off and is successful.
During his high school era, Jackson was a running machine who set plenty of records during his football days from 1954 to 1956.
He once scored 20 touchdowns in a season and accounted for 120 points alone the same year.
At the end of his time Jackson had racked up 229 career points (a record that wasn’t broken for 60 years), made All-District teams, made the All-State team in 1955 and was District MVP the same year.
After an incredible high school career, Jackson lettered as a freshman under Paul “Bear” Bryant at Texas A&M University before transferring to Texarkana Junior College where the team won a college championship and he was named the MVP of the championship game.
From 1958 to 1960 Jackson racked up several accolades for Sam Houston State University which included being selected as team captain, being named to the All-Lone Star Conference team, making the All-Texas squad, making the Dean’s Honor List, Christmas Bowl MVP, Little All-American, Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities, leading rusher for the league two years running and being selected to the Sam Houston Athletic Hall of Honor.
After college Jackson became a coach or administrator for the next 34 years.
He coached at Lufkin, Bellville, Atlanta, Pearsall, New Diana, Arp, Clarksville, Lake Travis, Elgin, Harleton, Paul Pewitt, The Woodlands Christian Academy, Masonic Home in Ft. Worth and Conroe Crusaders.
He was named Coach of the Year several times throughout his career and was named East Texas Coach of the Year after leading New Diana to the state quarterfinals in 1974.
Jackson’s best contribution to Texas high school football was in 1980 when he started the Lake Travis ISD. from scratch in 1980.
The new school district was a split from the Dripping Springs school district.
The school started off with just 123 students in 1980 and 38 years later the school is now a 6A powerhouse program.
In his first year at Lake Travis Jackson led his football team to a 9-1 record, and since that time the school has won six state championships, including five in a row, and played in more championships.
If interested in being part of the team, Jackson would like to be contacted as soon as possible at 936-890-2670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.