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Dice's Dynamic Duo

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There is a dynamic duo on the Pittsburgh sports scene, but they’re not playing at PNC Park. They play high school football in Pittsburgh’s City League. Brothers Timothy and James Jackson of Allderdice Dragons may be two of the most dangerous weapons in western Pennsylvania this fall.

Both listed at 6-2 and in the ballpark of 180 pounds, the Jackson twins are two of the most athletic players in the region, both are highly-recruited and both are determined to lead the Dragons to their first championship since Lyndon Johnson was president.

“That has been one of our goals since I got here,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “Win all of our games, win a city championship and win a state playoff game, at least one.”

Haslett has been at Allderdice since the 2009 season, but knows a thing or two about winning a city championship and a few state playoff games. He was the coach of the 2006 Oliver Bears team that hoisted the city championship trophy and made it to the second round of the state playoffs.

Allderdice hasn’t won a city championship since 1967. The odds are against them, but nobody around the program is discouraged.

“I want to leave with a championship,” Tim Jackson said. “I want to lead my team to victory and to just take over.”

His brother has the same goals, but doesn’t want to overlook any of their opponents along the way.

“I want to do what I have to do to help my team win and hopefully win a championship,” James Jackson said. “We aren’t talking that far yet though, just going to win each game as we get there.”

James plays quarterback for the Dragons, and Tim lines up at wide receiver, with each also playing cornerback and free safety respectively.

Both are being recruited by a whole slew of high major program—Pitt, Arizona State, Penn State and West Virginia among them—but James has already given a verbal commitment to Toledo.

The two would prefer to go to the same college, but Tim said that he is looking to make his college decision toward the middle of the school year.

“I like Arizona State, but Pitt and Penn State didn’t offer yet. If they offer I would like to go to one of those schools,” Tim Jackson said. “I want to stay on this side of the state, so my mom and my family can come to our games.”

If and when Pitt and Penn State come calling, expect both twins to be intrigued.

For now, Haslett is happy to have them on his side.

“We were at North Catholic last year,” Haslett said. “And the coaches are standing there and shaking their heads the whole time, and they say ‘Did you see that?’ And I just said, ‘I see that every day.’“

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