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Edison High chooses one of its own to try to lead it back to the football playoffs

   In the hopes of helping its football team return to the playoffs for the first time
in four years, Edison has hired former assistant Eddie Jackson as its football coach.

   Jackson played at Edison in the late 1980s, and coached Edison's linebackers for 10
years under former coach Corey Bell before spending the past two seasons as an assistant
at Jackson High. During that time he coached several top linebackers including former
University of Miami signee and Louisville star Nate Harris, and helped the Red Raiders advance
to the playoffs five times including a state semifinal appearance in 2003.

   "[Jackson] has always been a diligent and aggressive coach,'' said Bell, now the
Director of Football Operations at UM. "He always did a great job with our linebackers
[at Edison], and they were the heart and soul of our defense those years. The school
made a great choice.''

   Jackson succeeds Daryle Heidelburg, who accepted the coaching position at Norland
last month. The Red Raiders went 5-5 last season, but missed the playoffs after losing a
three-team district tiebreaker to Belen.

   Edison will be a part of a new District 16-3A this season that will also include
Booker T. Washington, Jackson and Key West. The Red Raiders will play North Miami in
their spring football game May 22nd at 6 p.m. at North Miami Stadium.

   "It's exciting to be back and working with the kids over there,'' Jackson said. "I  
met with them this week and they're all really motivated and ready to go to work and get