After last season leading to the state title game in the Superdome in New Orleans, the St. Mary's Tigers are hoping for another successful season in 2016.
One of the leaders of the 2016 Tigers is senior linebacker Jackson Carroll.
"He's the one that makes most of the big plays. When you see something that's happening out there that changes the flow of the game, it usually involves him," said St. Mary's head coach Corwyn Aldredge.
He helped the Tigers start the season off right with 3 tackles for a loss and rushed for 50 yards on 3 carries and also converted two 2 point conversions.
"We even threw him in at running back. He's kind of a coach on the field for us," said Aldredge.
Carroll rushed for 56 yards on 3 carries, but there's more to Jackson than what you see on the stat sheet.
"I was raised right here in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I grew up hunting and riding horses and messing around with cows and stuff," said Carroll.
His mother Laurie Berry says he's been an active child since birth.
"Jackson is fearless he's always been that kind of kid, whatever he wanted to do he did it."
He plans to become a professional bull rider in the future.
"There's nothing like it that adrenaline rush. I mean football (is) obviously more important in high school. I've got the rest of my life to ride bulls. I'm probably going to go down to McNeese and try out for the Rodeo team."
"He rode five bulls and ended up underneath the last one, so I said no more," his mother added.
Carroll is passionate about everything he does and is constantly busy when he's not on the football field.
"I worked on a 3500 acre corn and soybean farm. I have 4 yards that I mow. I've been hoeing pig weeds and laying pipe."
"There are so many things that he loves to do. I love that he's so passionate about everything that he does," Barry said.
He also has a heart for animals.
"I just love animals. I've got two horses at the house. Their names are Trooper and Levi. My favorite is probably Trooper. He bucks a lot, so if I'm trying to take it easy, I'll ride Levi," said Carroll.
Carroll spends his off-time volunteering with the Natchitoches Humane Society.
"I just kind of like giving back, and that's one way that I get to do it because I really love dogs."
"I don't know if a mom can even begin to say how proud she is of her son," said Berry. "He works hard and I like that he's the kind of kid that's comfortable being himself. He's a good kid."
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