Michael Jackson of Santa Monica will be back in uniform Friday night when the Vikings play Pasadena at 7:30 at Santa Monica College. That may come as a surprise to anyone who saw Jackson during the conclusion of Vikings' 12-7 season-opening win over Beverly Hills.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end-linebacker, suffered a neck injury with 4 minutes 1 second left in the game. Jackson remained on the field for about 30 minutes before Los Angeles County paramedics carried him off on a stretcher.

Jackson said he temporarily lost feeling in his left arm and side.

"I couldn't feel anything for about five minutes, and then it got better," he said. "I could get up, but I didn't. It wasn't serious."

Jackson was taken to St. John's Hospital and Health Center where he underwent X-rays before he was released about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

He suffered a cervical neck sprain, according to hospital official Gary Miereanu.

"They took precautionary X-rays and everything looked OK," Miereanu said.

The Vikings, who finished 0-10 in 1992, held on without their standout player to make Danny Escalera a winner in his coaching debut. Jackson was told at the hospital about the Vikings' win.

"The doctor told me on the X-ray table," he said. "It felt good to win."

Before he left the game, Jackson was instrumental in the Vikings' first touchdown. His crunching block on the first play from scrimmage sent a Beverly Hills defender sprawling. The block enabled junior running back J'von Willis to get free for an 80-yard touchdown.

"Mike Jackson really helped us out with his blocking," Escalera said.

Jackson did not expect to participate in contact drills until late this week.

"I'll be back to full force Friday," he said.


Seka Edwards had such an impressive 1992 season that Westchester Coach Larry Wein feared his senior quarterback would be lured away to a more prominent program. He can stop worrying. Edwards, the Coastal Conference player of the year, did not transfer.

"He is pretty loyal," Wein said. "His bags were never packed.

"We joke about it all the time because there is so much movement with star players. What did Crenshaw (basketball program) have, nine or 10 transfers last season? I think it is a concern of coaches, but it shouldn't be."

In Friday's 18-0 win against Monroe, Edwards passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns. This season, City teams were allowed to practice for only two weeks before the start of the season, one less than 1992.

The lack of preparation affected the Comets' passing game, according to Wein.

"Our receivers had trouble running their routes and Seka was off delivering the ball."

In addition to being a team leader on the football field, Edwards also is a college peer counselor at Westchester.

"He is an outstanding individual on and off the field," Wein said.


Sometimes it takes more than a screaming coach to get the attention of players. For St. Monica, it took a 29-9 loss to Harvard-Westlake on Saturday.

"We got our wake-up call," St. Monica Coach Norm Lacy said. "We were in the game for a long time until the final score."

The Mariners' hopes of success will depend on the rapid development of senior tailback Kenny Jackson, the basketball standout who decided to try his hand at football. Jackson rushed for 65 yards in his first game.

"We need to get him to midseason form by the second game of the season," Lacy said."


Hamilton has been a site for several movies and television shows. Last season, the Yankees had to practice on the baseball diamond for a week because the football field was being used for a movie.

Two weeks ago, the television movie "Parent Trap" was shot at the school, but the Yankees did not have to give up their field. Hamilton Coach John Ausbon acknowledged it is inconvenient to move his team around, but he's willing to do it for the good of the school.

"We'll give up the field to make a few dollars," Ausbon said.

Hamilton running back Rasheed Phillips gave a performance that will be hard to top in Friday's 14-13 victory over Eagle Rock. Phillips, one of the top sprinters in the City, rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in eight carries and caught two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

"He's one of the best running backs I've had at Hamilton," Ausbon said. "He's not as big as Anthony Dean, but he is faster."


Enforcing team rules can difficult for a coach, especially when it involves standout players. Beverly Hills Coach Carter Paysinger, however, stuck to his principles when he benched two of his starting offensive linemen for Friday's game against Santa Monica for missing a Labor Day practice.

"We set standards and we won't compromise," Paysinger said. "I think the team is more focused now."


Fairfax Coach Terrell Ray has a problem more common to basketball--one ball, two ballhandlers.

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