OSWEGO — Growing up with two older brothers, Jace Wilson had an instant competitive nature about him. Wilson learned he had to play at a high level all the time if he wanted to reach his goals.

Now the junior is a key figure for the Oswego Indians football team. Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Fowler, the Indians are currently 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in Eight Man I-District 1 as they pursue a postseason berth.

Wilson is coming off a career-best performance in last week’s 48-44 victory at West Elk. In that contest, he had 20 carries for 278 yards and six touchdowns, while also recording one catch for 29 yards and another score. So far this season, he has 17 touchdowns and more than 1,300 all-purpose yards. In addition to running back on offense and return specialist on special teams, he also plays cornerback, where he has 51 tackles this season.

A year ago, Wilson earned First Team All-Three Rivers League (11 Man) as a returner on special teams. He was also named All-Class 2A Honorable Mention as a defensive back and returner. In addition to football, he competes in basketball, baseball and track, while also participating in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and band the past two years. He was a Class 2A state track participant in the 200 a year ago.

Wilson is the son of Dustin and Tammy Wilson. He has two older brothers, Jerry and Steven.

Prior to Friday’s district showdown against Central-Burden in Oswego, Wilson took some time out of  his busy schedule to answer a few questions.

Growing up, how important was sports in your life?

Wilson: Growing up, sports was really important. It was great having older brothers. Watching Jerry play football, I wanted to be just like him. They made me very competitive. Everything we did … it was a competition to us. I really had a passion for every sport. I was your everyday little kid. I thought that I was going to make it to the professionals. But now my goal I want to achieve is to make it to the next level in football.

This season you had to adjust to a new head coach. What was that adjustment like for you?

Wilson: This season has been amazing so far. I really like coach Fowler and what he has done for our program. I think the adjustment went really well for me, and I think our team really likes him as well. We have been getting a lot of success this year because of the new coach.

In addition to a new coach, Oswego is adjusting to its first year of football at the 8-man level. What has that adjustment been like for you personally?

Wilson: It has been a huge adjustment for us as a team, but coach has prepared us for everything that could happen. So I’m pretty confident in our team now. It really wasn’t that big of an adjustment for me personally. I still play the regular positions I played last year. The only big adjustment I had to make was how small the field was.

What has been your favorite memory so far playing high school football?

Wilson: My favorite memory about football was my freshman year. All of the seniors liked me, and I became really good friends with one of them. His name was Ethan Garris. We were not very good my freshman year, but I made a lot of memories, and ever since then, me and him have been very close.”

What do you think makes you such a good player on the football field?

Wilson: I really think my speed helps me out a lot and how shifty I am when I’m running the ball. One thing I really need to work on is how I respond when something goes bad.

Your team is right in the hunt for a playoff bid this year in a competitive district. What are you guys hoping to accomplish the rest of this season?

Wilson: I think if we just keep heading in the way we’re going, things will turn out pretty good for us.

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