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All-state football: Jackson Dillon's versatility leads Ringling to Class A title

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE LINEBACKER — Ringling coach Tracy Gandy says the Blue Devils will never have another player like linebacker Jackson Dillon.
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 23, 2012

/articleid/3740059/1/pictures/1913729">Photo - All-State high school football player Jackson Dillon of Ringling poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
All-State high school football player Jackson Dillon of Ringling poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“He did all this and the next day we found out he had a staph infection in his elbow. Considering that and what he did, it was an amazing day for him.”

Opposing clubs in the playoffs found Dillon tough to tackle. The Blue Devils turned to Dillon and the running game to combat the spread offenses they were facing in the playoffs.

The best way to defend the spread was to limit the offensive plays by slowing the pace of the game, Gandy said. Ringling did that by running the football and going on methodical, time-consuming offensive drives with Dillon carrying the football, he said.

“Through that playoff run, we certainly couldn't have done it without Jackson,” Gandy said. “He doesn't look like a high school running back. He's too tall. But we are state champs because he is a running back.”

Dillon, though, prefers to play on the other side of the ball and should be an ideal fit in Memphis' 3-4 defense, which relies on speedy linebackers.

“My high school career is done and that is what I am ready for, playing in college,” he said. “I am looking forward to it. It's good to leave with no regrets.”

Gandy hates to see his star player leave.

“Anything we asked him to do, he was great at doing it,” he said. “We will never have another player like him.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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