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Johnson rolls past East Jackson in scrimmage
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The Johnson High football team earned a 35-7 win in a scrimmage game against East Jackson High on Friday.

Kavin Hopkins led the offense for the Knights with 93 rushing yards and one touchdown run.

Chase Sims scored on a 5-yard run early, and a touchdown by Hopkins pushed it to 14-0.

The Knights began the second half by recovering an East Jackson fumble at the 27-yard line. Seven plays later, backup quarterback Josh Henderson scored for a 21-0 lead.

Eric Gallardo scored on a 39-yard run, breaking several tackles in the process, on the Knights next possession to bring the lead to 28-0. Jeremiah Bonds finished the scoring for the Knights when he had a 5-yard run.

East Jackson would finally get into the end zone late in the fourth quarter with a 57-yard run by Devonte Browner.

“Tonight was about what we started in January that carried over into spring football and into the summer,” Johnson coach Jason Roquemore said. “We had the opportunity to come out and scrimmage a very physical East Jackson team. At times I thought our kids executed well.

“We have a stable of backs. It’s going to take everybody to do their part and their job for us to be successful.”

Bonds was second on the team with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Sims was right behind him with 44 yards as well as going 3 for 4 through the air with 24 yards. Victor Pittman also added 40 yards on the ground.

Johnson opens the regular season by hosting West Hall on Aug. 29 in the Battle of Oakwood.

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