The Valley High School football team is looking to make a major leap this year. After losing star quarterback Robert Jones to graduation, they will be looking for a new leader to take them back to the state playoffs. That player will be running back Koree Jackson.
Last year, Jackson was used as a kick-off return specialist. He ran back six touchdowns, but five of them were called back. He also tallied 191 rushing yards to go with 383 yards receiving. He will most definitely be asked to take on a bigger role this season.
“He’s going to have a big year,” Jones, who is moving on to attend Kentucky Wesleyan, told me. “The new coaches have them in the weight room every day.”
Jones also says that Jackson brings “toughness and leadership” to the Vikings, a sentiment that new head coach John Spiva echoes.
“I believe that Koree with will be a big asset to the team, as well as a leader,” Spiva explained about Jackson’s can-do, will-do attitude. “We are going to put a lot on his shoulders and hope that he can carry us through on all levels. He is highly skilled and motivated.”
The Vikings have a long way to go, finishing just 1-9 last year, but with a new coaching staff and Koree Jackson ready to take on a leadership role, things are definitely looking up. The rest of Louisville, and the entire state of Kentucky, are officially being put on notice.