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High School Football: Jackson quaterback Cooper Callis takes home Carr Trophy

Before the beginning of the 2017 season, Jackson football head coach Brent Eckley said his quarterback, senior Cooper Callis, had the potential to be the best player in southeast Missouri.

At the 72nd SEMO Conference Football Banquet on Nov. 27, Callis was named the recipient of the 2017 Carr Trophy, which is annually given to the most outstanding football player in the conference.

Callis is the first Indian to win the award since former quarterback Dante Vandeven did in 2014, who had a combined 43 touchdowns (24 passing, 19 rushing) while leading Jackson to a 10-2 record and a Class 5 District 1 Championship.

Callis threw for 3,788 yards and 56 touchdowns on 424 attempts with a completion percentage of 65.8 while only throwing 12 interceptions this season. He was also Jackson’s second leading rusher with 243 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts.

As Jackson’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons, Callis has led the Indians to an overall record of 16-6 as well as a SEMO Conference Championship in 2016.

Callis was named to the SEMO North All-Conference team along with eight other teammates: senior running back Ethan Laster, wide receivers junior Jordan Kent and senior Terrico Johnson, senior center Owen Leible, junior kicker Matthew Jaco, senior defensive end Bailey Beggs, senior inside linebacker Nathan Brown and senior cornerback Cole Welker.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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