University of Arkansas tailback signee Dennis Johnson felt pretty good about his West team going into Friday night's Arkansas High School All-Star football game.
But even Johnson (5-8, 190, 4.4) didn't know the extent of the record-setting crushing his squad was going to end up delivering in his future college home.
Former Texarkana standout Johnson scored three touchdowns while amassing 178 yards all-purpose yards as the West routed the East 62-23 Friday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"We were hoping to come out here and put some points on the board and we certainly did that," Johnson said. "We just came out and played great football as a team tonight and had some great individual efforts."
Johnson rushed 12 times for 93 yards and a score, caught 3 passes for 60 yards and 2 more scores and also daringly picked up a bouncing punt and raced 25 yards.
He even lined up in the Wild Hog at times sporting a Razorback on his high school helmet that will be there in college as well.
"The coaches put that in on Thursday," Johnson said. "I just went out and did what I had to do."
Siloam Springs quarterback Nathan Nall was 21-of-31 passing for an all-star game record of 301 yards and a record-setting 6 touchdowns as the West blew away the old high point mark of 38.
Three of those scores were tossed from Nall – who was the only West quarterback because of injuries - into the hands of Fayetteville wideout Gionni Harris, who is headed to UAPB.
"Nathan Nall is a very good quarterback and he knows how to put the pass on the money," Johnson said. "We just went out there tonight and executed and did what our coaches wanted us to do."
"I think I am getting pretty used to the offense," Johnson said. "The toughest part is the waking up and working out at like 5 in the morning. It's tough to wake up at that time and get in a very hard workout."
Johnson has actually been in Fayetteville for three weeks now going to school and working out with his new Razorback teammates.
It has been a good experience so far at Arkansas according to Johnson, who got to see future Razorback teammate Jarius Wright put up 182 all-purpose yards for the East squad.
"I think everybody that made it (grade-wise) is up here now," Johnson said. "We are all bonding together and getting used to each other."
He wants to be ready to play right away for new UA head coach Bobby Petrino.
"I am ready to play right now," Johnson said. "If he wants me to wind up at punt returner or kick returner or line up in the backfield, I am going to be ready to play right away."
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