The Muskegon Big Reds put the finishing touches on another storybook season with their thrilling 32-30 victory over Warren DeLaSalle a few weeks back to win their second state title in three years. They were led all-season long by the heroics of five-star, two-way threat Ronald Johnson…even though it wasn't always visible on the stat sheet.
Teams often avoided Johnson's side of the field when he played defense and double covered him when he played offense. However, as the season progressed, that dominance was curtailed a bit by injury. The versatile youngster continued to play late in the year despite a painful sports hernia. When the season finally concluded, he was finally able to undergo the necessary surgery to repair it. The only thing required at that point was extended rest. That is, of course, unless you go by the nickname "RoJo." The competitive juices didn't keep him away from the action for too long. He's already back to flashing his athletic talents for everyone to see…this time on the basketball court.
"He had surgery last week on Thursday and he played tonight," said Tracy Lewis, an assistant on Muskegon's football and basketball teams. "He told me he felt good and the doctor cleared him to play. That's just Ronald, man. The dude will play if he's able. He's out of shape a little bit because he had to stay out for minute. But tonight he looked pretty good when we put him out there in spots. He eventually ran of gas, but for the most part he was the spark for the team when he came off the bench.
"That's just for now until we get him in shape," Lewis continued regarding Johnson's status as a bench player. "I don't run him too much because I don't want his momma to kill me! (laughing). He's still kind of healing up. We're going to keep bring him along little by little. Then he's probably going to start. He was starting before he got that operation."
Lewis, who formerly resided in Ann Arbor, accompanied Johnson on a number of the youngster's previous visits to Michigan. He was unable to join his pupil for his official visit a few weeks ago, but he has heard the returns, and the news is favorable for the Maize & Blue.
"He went down there and hung out with Terrance Taylor and had a good time," Lewis said. "He was supposed to go to Texas, but he backed out of that and said he didn't want to go. He called and told them he wasn't coming down there after he was at U of M. He goes to USC this week. He is supposed to go to Florida too. He is kind of tired right now. Plus he has some work he needs to do…book work. I told him he needs to go ahead, take his visits, and pull the trigger. That way he can get the pressure off and go ahead and do what he needs to do."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Johnson in the coming weeks.