Despite season cut short by COVID-19, Jackson Macias earned high accolades at Clemens

Despite season cut short by COVID-19, Jackson Macias earned high accolades at Clemens

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Although the coronavirus outbreak stopped Clemens’ Jackson Macias from completing his senior season in athletics, he packed in plenty of work.

Macias earned all-state honors in football and soccer. In addition, he qualified for the UIL state wrestling championships for a third year in a row. His work in the classroom was equally as stellar as he finished ranked No. 5 in his class.

“The season went the best way it could have gone with all the outside circumstances that you can’t control,” Macias said. “It was as good as it could have gone and as rewarding as it could have gone.”

The only blemish was an uncompleted soccer season that was halted in mid-March with two weeks remaining in the regular season. At the time, the Buffaloes were 18-1-1 and ranked No. 37 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer.

Although the soccer season was cut short, Macias received plenty of recognition after anchoring a defense that allowed 14 goals and recorded 10 shutouts in 20 matches.

The Texas Association of Soccer Coaches placed Macias on its Class 6A all-state second team. He was named District 26-6A’s defender of the year.

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In football, Macias played linebacker and recorded 104 tackles, three sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries last fall. He was selected to the Associated Press all-state second team as a result.

Macias also served as the Buffaloes’ punter and recorded a 54-yard touchdown run on a fake that opened the scoring in a 36-0 victory against East Central on Oct. 25.

The Express-News named him to its All-Area teams in football and soccer.

Judson's Alan Baez, left, tries to prevent Clemens' Jackson Macias from taking a shot at the goal during the first half of their District 26-6A boys soccer game at Lehnhoff Stadium on March 22, 2019.

Judson's Alan Baez, left, tries to prevent Clemens' Jackson Macias from taking a shot at the goal during the first half of their District 26-6A boys soccer game at Lehnhoff Stadium on March 22, 2019.

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Following football season, Macias qualified for state for a third straight time in the 182-pound division. He advanced to the quarterfinals this year after finishing fifth as a junior.

“He’s just an amazing kid,” Clemens wrestling coach Andy Rogers said. “He’s got a lot of character and in all those things he does, he’s a leader in all those sports. He was just not watching what was going on. He was a front-runner. The fact he was doing all those sports was phenomenal enough. He was an elite athlete in all of them.”

Macias has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, where he will play soccer. He’s familiar with the Academy. His father, Gabe, played soccer for Air Force and graduated from there in 1993. His sister, Hailee, graduated from the Academy earlier this month. He signed on to play at Air Force after initially committing to play football at Harvard.

Macias began playing soccer as a 4-year-old in Germany, where his father was stationed. In heading to the Academy, Macias returns to a place that always felt like 亚洲游国际集团home.

The summer before Macias’ seventh-grade year, the family moved to the San Antonio area from Germany. During that summer, Macias went with his father for an alumni weekend for former members of Air Force’s soccer team.

Jackson Macias poses with his father Gabe Macias at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jackson Macias poses with his father Gabe Macias at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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That visit made a big impact on Macias. He visited the campus located in Colorado Springs and got to kick the ball with some of his father’s former teammates. That’s planted the seed for his desire to play soccer for Air Force.

“It was like a ‘I didn’t want to leave’ sort of situation,” Macias said.

Gabe Macias and his son returned for several other visits. He was happy when Jackson was accepted into the Academy and offered a chance to play on its soccer team.

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“He’s wanted to go there for a long time, so when it came, it was super-happy for him,” Gabe said. “He put a lot of work into it and to get where he wanted to go in life, and it’s nice to see that the work paid off. … From a selfish perspective, I’m excited because that’s my alma mater and I played soccer there. It’s neat to see it from that perspective as well.”

Jackson’s sister, Hailee, played soccer at Clemens before graduating in 2016, and shares her father’s sentiment.

“Obviously, it’s pretty cool that we’re all going to get to graduate from the same institution and that he’ll get to be in the same squadron as our dad in his last two years,” Hailee said. “I’m excited to see him do everything that the two of us have done, even better.”

Gabe said his son has mastered time management, and that will be a plus as he transitions into the experience the Academy provides. Hailee added that her brother’s athletic background will help.

“The mental resilience that sports gave him is going to be huge when he goes to the Academy,” Hailee said. “It will help him understand other people and push himself and other people and learning to do it in a way that basically doesn’t ostracize him from the rest of the group..”

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