CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In, and out again. Up and down. Back and forth.
Much like one of his zig-zagging runs, Jacob Jackson finds himself weaving in and out of the George Washington backfield.
Injuries to fellow senior running back Draven Riffe have put Jackson's services on speed dial this season, and he is more than happy to answer the call.
Jackson was pressed into ball-carrying - and other - duties once more Friday night, and helped the Patriots get past upstart Oak Hill 21-14 in overtime in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
When Riffe aggravated an ankle injury midway into the third quarter, Jackson again switched from a receiver spot into the GW backfield to help carry the load.
He wound up with 12 carries for 48 yards and threw for the winning touchdown in OT on a trick-play tailback option pass, finding Austin Giacomo on fourth down from the 3.
Riffe ranked among the state's leading rushers through six games this season before the ankle ailment stuck him on the sidelines. Enter Jackson, who did nothing to stop the flow of offense from the tailback position, running for about 950 yards and 11 TDs in the three games Riffe missed.
However, Jackson went back to his receiving position once Riffe returned for the regular-season closeout against Capital and got just one carry last week. He opened Friday's playoff game in a two-back set with Riffe, but carried only once in the first half.
That changed again when Riffe was assisted from the field after breaking off a long run that was called back by a penalty. Jackson became the main ball-carrier and was entrusted with making the fourth-down play that ultimately won the game after GW made a defensive stand in OT.