Two of Texas’ top players face off today as Duncanville and Rockwall clash in a Class 6A, Division I showdown to determine who will represent the Dallas-Fort Worth region in the state championship-game on Dec. 21.
Today’s kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at McKinney.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall
A 5-star Ohio State commit, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is one of the nation’s leading receiver prospects coming out of No. 22 Rockwall.
The Yellowjackets star torched Prosper last week for 218 yards and four touchdowns.
For the season, he has 2,094 yards, including multiple games of more than 200 yards and a pair of games topping the 300-yard plateau, and poses big problems for opposing defenses.
Duncanville will have its hands full trying to contain him because big games and big moments are when Smith-Njigba shines, and no game is bigger than today’s state semifinal.
Earlier this week, Smith-Njigba received the area’s highest honor by receiving The Landry Award.
The prestigious honor goes to the area’s top player for demonstrating positive character and leadership attributes. It comes just days after being named the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year.
Ja’Quinden Jackson, Duncanville
Opposite of Smith-Njigba is arguably the states best quarterback in No. 1 Duncanville senior Ja’Quinden Jackson.
Jackson is an electric playmaker, throwing for over 1,500 yards and rushing for another 1,000 yards, posting the numbers despite sitting out during the second half of numerous games this season.
ESPN300 has Jackson, a Texas commit, ranked as its 26th best athlete in the country, and Longhorns coach Tom Herman was spotted at last week’s playoff game.