West Bloomfield High football led by dual threat

By: Christian Davis | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 24, 2015


WEST BLOOMFIELD — This is Trishton Jackson’s fourth year starting for the West Bloomfield High football team.

He’s witnessed the Lakers win two games as a freshman, five as a sophomore and then a school-record nine times last season.

Now he’s at the helm, literally and figuratively, and has the Lakers standing at 4-0 at press time, the program’s best start since 1976.

“Before you lead, you have to follow, and I’ve been following for a long time. Now I’m a leader,” he said before practice began Sept. 22.

Jackson has made his mark in more ways than one. He splits time at quarterback and wide receiver, seamlessly moving from one position to the other.

Against Troy Athens Sept. 18, with solo first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division on the line, Jackson threw two touchdown passes and caught one in the 28-17 win.

Coach Ron Bellamy said Jackson gives his team an advantage wherever he lines up.

“He’s a Division 1 wide receiver. … He’s long, explosive and a great athlete. So now you’re asking a high school cornerback to cover him, and sometimes that’s not fair,” Bellamy said. 

Jackson is also a dual-threat at quarterback. Against the two-time Division 1 state champion Clarkston High Sept. 11, Jackson accounted for all five scores — four rushing and one passing — in the 35-21 win.

“Trishton is special for us, and he helps us most at quarterback,” Bellamy said. “Him playing receiver, that’s just another element that a team has to prepare for. We’re just trying to use his skill set and gain an advantage there.”

When Jackson does split out, senior Brandon Williams lines up under center.

Bellamy said his offense doesn’t miss a beat with Williams in and that the senior is unselfish.

“He’s been unbelievable for us,” the coach said.

Next fall, Jackson will suit up for Michigan State University. He’s verbally committed as a receiver, the same position his coach played for the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2002.

“He did everything he could do to help me. He pulled for Michigan, but I’m a State guy,” Jackson said with a smile.

“I knew where his heart was,” Bellamy said. “He wanted to go to State, and the easy part for me was he said, ‘Coach, I want to go to State,’ and I said, ‘Well, let’s make this happen.’”

First, Jackson and the Lakers are looking to win the Red, where they finished second last season. West Bloomfield controls its own destiny as the final undefeated team in the division. The Lakers played Lake Orion High after press time and meet Bloomfield Hills High at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 on the road.

The Lakers also have dreams of taking the program all the way to the top at the state level. Last season, West Bloomfield won its program’s first playoff game before falling in the district final.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t think about that, but the message to the kids, and they know right now we’re just thinking one game at a time and preparing for them,” Bellamy said. “If we’re fortunate enough to get to the playoffs, then we’ll turn our sights to the road to Ford Field.”