The Johnson High seniors propelled their team to victory Friday over Druid Hills on Senior Night, 42-15.
The Red Devils scored on the opening drive, but the Knights (5-3) dominated their opponent the rest of the night.
Senior A.J. Millwood got the Knights on track by scoring off of a blocked punt by freshman Orion Pittman. After Druid Hill drove to Johnson’s 6-yard line, senior Jose Martinez almost single handedly stopped the Red Devils with two key stops for losses to keep them out of the end zone.
On Johnson’s next possession, Luis Hernandez scampered 63 yards to the end zone at 11:09 in the second quarter putting the Knights up 14-8, a lead they would never lose.
With special teams and the offense scoring the first two touchdowns, the defense got in on the action with 18 seconds left in the second quarter when senior Cedric Harris returned an interception 32 yards for his first of four touchdowns of the night.
After halftime, it was much of the same, as Johnson drove the field on their opening drive with Harris scoring again on a 25-yard run to put the Knights up 28-8.
Druid Hills responded with an eight-play, 62-yard drive that ended with its only other score, quarterback Kyle Simmons connecting with Jaquan Johnson on a 13-yard pass for a touchdown at the 4:55 mark in the third quarter.
Everything was clicking for the Knights on offense. Before the third quarter ended, Harris once again found the end zone on a 21-yard run.
After a Pittman interception, Harris scored his last touchdown at the Dungeon on a 29-yard run.
Harris finished with 198 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns of 20 yards or more.
“It has been a memorable season coming off of an 0-10 record last year,” Harris said. “Coach (Jason) Roquemore has brought an enthusiasm to this team and he drives us.”
Roquemore said, “In my 12 years of coaching, there have been few times I had a group of seniors respond like they did tonight.”
Senior play was the story of the night, but the future also looks bright for Johnson. Freshman Orion Pittman put on a show with a blocked punt, interception and a fumble recovery.
Johnson plays at Pickens next Friday in Jasper.