If there’s pressure to win big this season in Anson, QB/DB Jalen Garza isn’t feeling it. With 18 returning starters and a triggerman like Garza, a 2012 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week, expectations are high. But operating from the Tigers’ pistol spread offense, Jalen is getting it done, as he did in last week’s 61-33 victory over 2-A Jim Ned. Garza hit on 15 of 18 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns (55, 30, and 1) while rumbling for 210 yards and three more scores. Just for good measure, he gave the Tigers breathing room with a spectacular 82-yard kickoff return TD and made eight tackles on defense. That bumped Anson’s record to 3-0, earning a #4 ranking in this week’s Texas Football rankings.
At 5-11 and 180 pounds, Jalen is drawing attention from several high-academic FCS schools, including a scheduled visit to Butler (IN) later this month. He also excels at basketball, baseball, and track, where he runs on three relay teams. His sparkling 3.95 GPA ranks him second in his class. Despite his busy workload, he finds time for the Fellowship of Christian Students and sits on the Anson athletic leadership council.
“Jalen raises the level of his teammates,” raves Coach Keith Woolf. “Our offense really suits his skill set. He’s the son of a coach (Anson’s offensive coordinator), possesses a high football IQ and is our hardest worker in the off-season.”