By Payton Moody
Jackson Stoops is an exceptional junior multi-sport athlete at Perry High School, whose talent on the field is only matched by his admirable character off the field. Stoops’ dedication to his sports and his values make him a true role model for his peers.
As a receiver, Stoops has recorded 13 receptions for 119 yards, averaging an impressive 9.2 yards per catch. His remarkable performance has contributed significantly to the team’s success, showcasing his ability to make crucial plays on the field.
Defensively, Stoops has been a force to be reckoned with, tallying 43 solo tackles and 18 assists, bringing his total tackles to an impressive 61 for the season. His average of 4.3 tackles per game and 8.5 tackles for loss demonstrate his impact on the defensive line, disrupting the opposition’s plays with tenacity and skill.
As a junior, Stoops showcases his exceptional talent in both football and track, excelling as an outside linebacker and tight end. When asked about his motivation and what fuels his drive on the field, Stoops reflects on “the feeling of delayed gratification,” emphasizing his focus on long-term goals and the fulfillment that comes from hard work and perseverance.
Off the field, Stoops draws inspiration from his great grandmother, who serves as his biggest role model. “She taught me how to be nice, respectful and to stand up for what you believe in,” he said.
When asked about his key to success, Stoops attributes it to “consistency and work output,” emphasizing the importance of discipline and dedication in achieving his goals.
Among his teammates, Stoops admires Whelan Carson, appreciating their shared strength and speed that contribute to their collective success on the field.
In terms of hard work and dedication, Caleb Alexy serves as a role model for Stoops. “He has an incredible work ethic and always shows up,” he said.
Beyond the realm of sports, Stoops also actively participates with the academic team, showcasing his intellectual prowess and well-roundedness as a student-athlete.
For Stoops, representing his teammates is of utmost importance. “It means a lot to make them proud of me,” he said.