Key players for the Jackson High School varsity football team include, from left, Miland Weatherspoon, Josh Billingsley, Cayman Harris, Coach Antonio Parker, Tyler Selby, Gibson Drummond, and Brady Dillon. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(August 12, 2022 3:13 PM) Antonio Parker has spent the last 18 years working with Jackson football players – at one level or another.
Now, he is the head coach.
Parker was named as the head of the Vikings’ program in June.
“”It has been an absolute blur since then … but I have had a blast,” Parker said. “I have had to adapt to the (given) schedule and make it work.”
Parker said number in the program are excellent.
“We have approximately 100 in the program including 30 freshman,” Parker said.
The new coach will also be blessed with a number of returning players – 10 on offense and up to nine on defense.
Key returnees include Julio Pizano (receiver/defensive back), Tavion Tanner (running back/defensive back), Gibson Drummond (quarterback), Amar Harrell (receiver/defensive back), Charles Thompson (running back/linebacker), Ephriam Crestsinger (lineman), Miland Weatherspoon (running back/linebacker), and Josh Billingsley (linebacker).
“Kids want to participate in football … you can see the culture change,” Weatherspoon said during the JTV Media Day.
Others expected to challenge for starting positions include Kyson Cooper (receiver/defensive back), Korronis Davis (receiver/defensive back), Resse DeShazzor (lineman), Connor Bush (quarterback), Samaj Gatewood (running back/defensive back), Lynard Oliver (linebacker), Charles Torrence (defensive end), and Brady Dillon (receiver).
The Vikings expect 45 players at the varsity level and 30 on the junior varsity squad.
Jackson has made the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs for four consecutive seasons.
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Football Schedule 2022
Aug. 25 Jackson at Monroe 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 Grand Ledge at Jackson 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Chelsea at Jackson 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Jackson at Ypsilanti 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Jackson at Pinckney 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Tecumseh at Jackson (Homecoming) 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Adrian at Jackson 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Jackson at Mason 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Haslett at Jackson 7 p.m.