Prattville, Ala. – On opening weekend in Alabama High School football, Auburn quarterback commitment Jeremy Johnson made a huge statement against defending 6A State Champion Prattville in a 49-24 victory.
The 6-6, 221-pounder accounted for 478 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in Carver-Montgomery's road victory. Normally a calm Jeremy Johnson was an ecstatic Jeremy Johnson as he celebrated most of the fourth quarter and several minutes after the game with his teammates.
"It's been years since the city teams of Montgomery have beaten Prattville," Johnson said after the game. "We took time and thought about it and were like, ‘It's time to make history.' That's what we've been getting ready for from spring to summer till now. It was about making history, which is why we're so emotional. Now we're going to celebrate.
"We had the days on the board while we were lifting weights, running, screaming ‘Beat Prattville, beat Prattville, beat Prattville,'" Johnson added. "It's been nonstop. Forever that's all we've been worrying about.
"It feels amazing," he continued. "We've got all our fans here. This year feels like our year to win State. I'm just trying to lead and guide my team to the State Championship."
Johnson completed 21-29 passes for 384 yards. For much of the game he more touchdown tosses than incompletions. He was over 100 yards rushing until the fourth quarter when he swallowed a few negative plays to keep the win safe.
"This is my first time ever rushing for 100 yards. But really I just had to get it done on my feet and throwing-wise, and I had to be consistent in the pocket. It feels good, and I'm happy."
Johnson is a big-time basketball player at 6-6, so keeping the weight on hasn't been easy. However, with quarterback as his obvious path as an athlete he's made the weight room a second home.
"I'm the hardest working player in the weight room," he said. "I've thickened out, and I'm at about 221. I've been lifting weights and working hard."
Carver head coach Billy Gresham has taken notice.
"The time that he's put in to his senior season is really showing now," Gresham said. "We don't ask him to run much. They were over-loading to the pass rush, and we talked about it, and he took a couple off of times and got us a first down, and that was huge for us.
"I think he did a good job of managing the offense," Gresham continued, "and when he needed to make plays with his legs he did and got a couple of first downs. Going forward, like I tell everybody, I think he's going to have a great season this year."
Johnson committed to Auburn on May 20 and he said he's not looking back.
"That's a big difference for my senior season," he said of his commitment. "I don't have to worry about being pressured or hearing from this school or that school. I'm all about Auburn. Me and coach (Scot) Loeffler (Auburn's offensive coordinator) have the best relationship ever."