Star player of the week: Johnson
In North Augusta’s 42-6 decisive victory over South Aiken, both sides of the ball were able to stifle the T-Breds. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets did not give up any points until the fourth quarter, when the game was already in hand for North Augusta.
For Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Derrick Quinn, the efforts of his defense were highlighted through the play of Colton Johnson, who is the Star Player of the Week.
Johnson, a first-year starter, finished the game with two sacks and four tackles.
“In Friday night’s game, he just did what he’s done all year,” Quinn said. “He played solid football, with the two sacks and four tackles. He was really just steady for us on defense.”
Johnson said the game plan was to get pressure on South Aiken’s quarterback, Bo Baldwin, to disrupt the T-Bred offense.
“During practice our defensive coaches preached getting pressure on South Aiken’s quarterback and controlling the line of scrimmage,” Johnson said. “I think we did a good job of doing that. That’s why we held them to six points.”
Quinn called Johnson a “good example” of the North Augusta football program.
“He’s a very coachable kid,” he said. “This is his first year starting, coming off two years of JV play. He got his opportunity on varsity and has done extremely well.”
Johnson separated himself to Quinn early in the year, when the defense would rotate players to keep fresh players on the field.
“Colton, he took advantage of what positions we put him in,” Quinn said. “We rotated guys in, and, just by performance he earned a starting position.”
Quinn is hopeful that Johnson will continue playing at a high level for his defense.
“I hope he can play solid football for us the rest of the year,” he said. “If he does that, he will help us be successful on the field.”
Johnson isn’t resting on the success he had against the T-Breds.
“We just have to keep getting better everyday and stay focused,” he said. “If we do that, we will continue to be successful.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.