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Lafayette's Graham Jackson - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 11:20 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 16:41:06-04

MAYO, Fl. (WTXL) - Mayo, Florida. Population, 1200, give or take a few.

"A lot of times, people will say God bless you right before you sneeze," said Lafayette senior Graham Jackson.

A small town, and one Jackson has made his own - and one of his favorite places to be? One the soccer field.

"He makes some fantastic one on one breakaway saves sometimes and that's pretty hard to do obviously in soccer," said head coach Stephen Clark. "He gets it done better than most, that's for sure."

"I didn't really start playing soccer until 7th grade, and I worked really hard at it," added Jackson. "It's definitely taught me that if you work hard it'll pay off in the end."

Jackson and hard work, go hand in hand. As a dual enrolled student, he balances a perfect 4.0 GPA.

"I think working hard in the classroom transfers over," he said. "I think if you work hard in the classroom, you also will try to work hard on the field or whatever you do."

"He's also in the band, he plays baseball, he works hard at everything he does and tries his best," added coach Clark. "His best is really, really good."

Really good, and for Jackson, he's hoping to end his final season on a really good note.

"This is the last time a lot of us will play soccer," added Jackson. "I want us to try and work hard and minimize mistakes and be the best that we can be."

The best they can be, and for Jackson, that's just a regular day.