Christian Johnson leads Cougars with five TDs
SPRING MILLS – The fact that Jefferson took to the air early and often during its season-opening victory against Spring Mills wasn’t much of a surprise.
The manner in which the Cougars did it, however, was simply outstanding.
Junior wide receiver Christian Johnson caught four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Andrew King as the Jefferson High School football team rolled to a 48-24 victory over the Cardinals in Spring Mills.
Johnson also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score, while King – last year’s leading passer in the region with nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns – went about distributing the ball for 232 yards as part of the Cougars’ prolific passing attack.
Sophomore Isaac Myers also scored a touchdown in the first quarter and senior Will Mazur capped Jefferson’s scoring in the fourth as the Cougars dominated the Cardinals from the outset.
Jefferson scored the first 20 points of game and led 20-3 at halftime.
The Cougars kept their foot on the pedal with four second-half touchdowns, including two apiece in each quarter.
Attempts to reach Jefferson head coach Craig Hunter were unsuccessful prior to press time Tuesday.
King, who completed 15-of-31 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns, opened the scoring midway through the first quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Johnson.
After Myers scored on a 31-year run with four seconds left in the first quarter, King and Johnson hooked up again on a 12-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter.
Following intermission, King connected with Johnson on a 25-yard scoring play midway through the third quarter.
The pair later connected for the final time on a 19-yard scoring play with 8:27 remaining in the game.
Jefferson outgained Spring Mills 355-234.
In addition to leading the way through the air, King led the Cougars in rushing with 50 yards on eight carries.
Myers had 40 yards on five rushes, while junior Marcus Burns had 16 yards on five carries.
Johnson led Jefferson with 118 receiving yards on six catches, including the four touchdowns.
Senior Lawrence Morris caught five passes for 65 yards.
Junior placekicker Joseph Stimmel converted on 4-of-5 extra points.
Johnson also caught a two-point conversion from Zach Hostler.
Jefferson is scheduled to travel to Mountain Ridge, Md., on Friday before returning to Shenandoah Junction for its home opener Sept. 12 against Hampshire.
The Cougars were among the “others receiving votes” with eight points this week in the statewide Class AAA football poll voted on by sports writers and published Monday by the Charleston Daily Mail.