San Antonio junior has a career night

The Prentiss Johnson show was in full effect over the weekend in San Antonio. With Johnson and the Jefferson Mustangs desperately needing a District 29-4A win -- in order to jockey for playoff position -- the junior corner took over the game versus Memorial, returning two punts for touchdowns and bringing back an interception for yet another score.

"The score was close at the half and it shouldn't have been," said Jefferson High School junior cornerback Prentiss Johnson. "They scored first and took the lead on a slant to the other side of the field.

"I actually returned three punts for touchdowns, but the first one was called back after one of our linebackers got penalized for roughing the punter."

Johnson's second-half heroics quickly put the game on ice for the Mustangs (2-4 overall, 2-1 in district competition).

"On the next return, I caught it, saw a wide-open hole and took it straight straight up the left hash from 38 yards. On their next series, they punted to me again and I found another hole. This one was from 47 yards.

"In the fourth quarter, I picked off a pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown."

The Mustangs ultimately prevailed, 38-15.

According to Johnson, some timely words from his coach helped put the junior in the right mindset to make plays that evening.

"The previous week, I got laid out on a punt return against Southside," explained Johnson, "and I was kinda nervous after that. My coach told me not to be scared - to play with no fear."

Despite losing its first three games, Jefferson now appears to be postseason-bound.

"We'll surely make the playoffs," Johnson said. "Our next two games are against Burbank and Breckenridge ( both 0-6), and then we have undefeated Kennedy after that."


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