One of the Stanislaus District's leading recruits, the 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound Sparks provided a breakout game to open his senior season, scoring two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 21-14 upset of Crenshaw of Los Angeles.
Playing on the road, Sparks opened the second half by returning the kickoff 78 yards for a TD -- giving Merced a 21-14 lead. Sparks caught a 58-yard TD pass from quarterback Brandon Garcia in the first half.
"Jarrett makes everyone better because of his ability to do the intangible things of blocking for his teammates, and running his routes with precision and speed even when it is undetermined whether or not he is getting the ball," Merced coach Rob Scheidt said. "Jarrett also gives confidence to both our quarterback and running game because of his abilities."
Sparks has already received scholarship offers from five Pac-10 schools -- Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State.