MCKINNEY — Texas is on the verge of signing one of the state’s best winners. Duncanville quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson tortures defenses when he’s allowed in the game. He and his teammates are so dominant that the south Dallas powerhouse only needed him to play in three third quarters over the entire regular season.
Jackson is 39-2 as a starter dating back to his sophomore season. Both losses came in the playoffs, including the Class 6A Division I state championship game against Galena Park North Shore — a game that Jackson dominated for four quarters. The four-star dual-threat is set to sign with Texas on Dec. 18.
“You got a dog coming,” said Jackson when asked about his message for Texas fans. “There is nothing in my way that will stop me from what I want to be.”
Only two games separate Duncanville from a state title after the Panthers knocked off Southlake Carroll to claim another regional championship. Jackson went 8-for-8 passing with 183 yards and two touchdowns. He added 129 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
“I’ve gotten a lot better passing. I had a perfect day throwing,” he said. “It’s about where we’re headed and what we’re doing.”
Jackson finally played a full four quarters. It was the scare Duncanville needed, Jackson said.
“It’s a good thing to be pushed. We needed that,” Jackson said. “It showed me that when times get hard, we won’t fold under pressure.”
Duncanville isn’t shying away from the 2018 heartbreak when North Shore won on a last-second Hail Mary. Jackson and his teammates embrace the expectations and are in search of one piece of bling.
“We’re still feeding off of last year,” he said. “We want to go get that ring.”
It’s possible that Texas’ two quarterback commitments in the 2020 class will face each other for the Class 6A Division I state championship. Lake Travis’ Hudson Card returned from an injury last week to help the Cavaliers win the Region IV championship over Converse Judson. The next test is a rematch with North Shore, the team that knocked Lake Travis out of the playoffs in 2018.
“It felt good to be back on the field,” Card said. “I just wanted to help my teammates.”
Card and Jackson are the only members of Texas’ 17-player 2020 class remaining in the playoffs. Three 2021 commitments are also alive with the Denton Ryan duo of Billy Bowman Jr. and Ja’Tavion Sanders and Katy Taylor offensive lineman Hayden Conner.
Duncanville knocked out fellow UT commit Andrej Karic, an offensive tackle from Southlake Carroll. Prosper and offensive line commit Jake Majors fell to Rockwall. Karic and Majors are both participating in all-star games before closing the book on their prep careers. Majors is one of seven early enrollees expected in the 2020 class.
The early signing period takes place during the Texas state championship week. It begins Dec. 18 and lasts for 72 hours.