501 Football Team 2023: Jace Garcia – Searcy

In Coach Zak Clark’s first year at Searcy, the Lions earned another playoff berth out of the competitive 6A East. Jace Garcia garnered All-Conference honors as a junior at linebacker. This fall, Garcia has set high standards for his senior campaign.

“I want to be a stronger and better leader than last year,” Garcia said. “And I want to bring up my peers into stronger leadership roles as well. We are working to be a lot more competitive than previous years and fully show off the talent we have on our team. We’re achieving this by becoming strong as a team and gaining a strong drive to win at all costs.”

For Searcy, Garcia’s value to the team is present in many environments.

“Jace is very intelligent and an excellent tackler,” Clark said. “He’s a high-character kid who excels in the classroom with over a 3.9 GPA. Jace volunteers with our youth camp as well as many other activities. He’s a leader in the classroom, on the football field and in school. I expect another great season from Jace.”

Garcia participates in Beta Club and French Honorary. He also volunteers his time with Special Olympics. As he prepares for college and pursuing education in the medical field, Garcia is ready to soak in the Friday night lights one last time.

“[I love] walking onto the field, hearing the band and looking up at everyone in the stands,” Garcia said. “Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s very hard to describe the feeling and energy that brings.”