Johnson dominates in crucial win

SMU commit Nyle Johnson is a wide receiver by trade, but he'll do whatever it takes for his team to succeed, as demonstrated last Friday night in his Dunham squad's victory over St. John-Plaquemine. Get the details here.

During his high school career, Nyle Johnson has earned a reputation as a dangerous wide receiver and return man. However, he made the switch to running back last week, in order to help his team, and the move paid immediate dividends for Johnson and the Dunham Tigers.

Dunham, in need of a win after dropping two straight, continuously fed the football to Johnson in a 34-21 victory over St. John-Plaquemine. The SMU commit rushed for 164 yards on 20-plus carries and added a touchdown reception to help the Tigers improve to 3-2.

"I made the most of it," Johnson said of the switch to running back. "It was pretty fun, but it's also tough, since I'm a natural receiver.

"It is what it is and I can't complain. I'm a team player and we needed a win. We hadn't beaten St. John in seven or eight years."

While Johnson spent most of his time on offense in the backfield, he was lined up at wide receiver for the touchdown reception.

"That was a post pattern and our quarterback threw a perfect pass," Johnson said.

He's also added recent offers from Tennessee State and Grambling.

Dunham will get somewhat of a respite this week vs. winless Pointe Coupee Central before embarking on the meat of its district schedule, which includes games vs. University and Capitol.

Those games will hold added incentive for Johnson, who previously attended both of the latter schools. Dunham competes in one of the most rugged 2A districts in the state. Outside of Point Coupee Central and Dunham, the remainder of the District 7-2A schools are a collective 19-5 on the season, with three teams sporting unblemished records.

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