Henryetta's Johnson One To Watch

Henryetta High School is the same high school that developed Troy Aikman and sent him on to college and eventually the NFL. Henryetta football fell on hard times last season with a 1-9 campaign, but there were some bright spots including a season ending 45-0 win over Okmulgee. Another bright spot was junior running back/defensive back Blake Johnson.

The 6-1, 185-pound Johnson runs a 4.47 in the forty and is extremely athletic. In the opener last season, a 34-24 loss to Hartshorne, Johnson ran for a 23-yard touchdown and also returned an interception 10 yards for a score.

Johnson ran for a 69-yard touchdown the next week in a 38-30 loss to Morris. When something good happened for the Golden Knights, it was usually Johnson that was doing it. In basketball he averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.

This is not a tremendous year for Division I caliber talent in the Oklahoma high school football ranks, so it might be even harder to find a player like Johnson at an outpost like Henryetta.

"Yes sir, I want to play college football," said Johnson. "I have had several schools contact me like Michigan, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Navy. Most of them are talking about me playing defense instead of offense. I like running the ball, but playing defense is fine with me."

Johnson said no coaches have been by the school yet, but we think they will be. He said that Henryetta will start spring football practice later this month, and that may be what some college coaches may be waiting for before heading to Henryetta.

In our opinion, there is no doubt that Johnson can play. He shows excellent power and can run tackle to tackle or he can scoot around the edge. The bonus is he has good hands and can make plays out of the backfield as well as defend the pass.

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