Oconee County High School sophomore Jake Johnson is finally healthy. Johnson has been on the field for the Warriors’ first two contests of 2019 but he had yet to have the breakout game he was looking for.
Johnson has been trying to reassure himself that he had to truly arrived back to the form.
Friday night Johnson had his ‘a ha’ performance. Johnson caught four passes for 82 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors’ win over Spalding High School.
His performance on Friday has made Johnson this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
“I just want to give God the glory, it’s an awesome feeling,” Johnson said. “In the other games I didn’t have my best games. Football is a weird game. It’s fun, but I just felt like we all competed and I just had a good game I guess. Max (Johnson) had some good passes, the line blocked well and coach had a good game scheme.”
Johnson comes from a football family. His father Brad Johnson quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory.
His uncle, Mark Richt guided the University of Georgia to two Southeastern Conference titles. Johnson’s cousin Jon Richt was a quarterback at Prince Avenue Christian School before playing collegiately with Clemson and Mars Hill.
Another of Johnson’s cousins Elijah Hynes was an All-Region performer at PACS the last two seasons.
Johnson’s older brother Max is bound for LSU following his senior season at OCHS.
With so much football talent in the family, the youngest of the crop finds that his way of standing out has been becoming a student of the game. Physically Johnson has some natural gifts.
Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall is the one that jumps out at people when they see Johnson in person for the first time.
Johnson likes to understand how things tick when he steps on the football field.
That’s his calling card.
“I like to be myself wherever I am, whether it’s football or anywhere,” Johnsons said. “Everyone [in the family] is a hard worker, I’d just say I like to study the game. I just take time to be smart and know the coverages and find the open holes and be set apart in that way.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com