San Antonio junior lighting up the scoreboard

San Antonio Jefferson, without the services of star junior athlete Prentiss Johnson at the beginning of the year, stumbled out of the gates to an 0-3 start, but the Mustangs have won three out its last four and locked up a spot in the playoffs. It's no coincidence that Johnson has been a scoring machine over the past month. Read further to get the details.

Three games into the 2010 season, it looked ominous for San Antonio Jefferson. The Mustangs, suffering from the early loss of junior CB/KR/WR Prentiss Johnson, dropped the first three games of the year.

Johnson, who was on the mend after his shoulder popped out of place, received a clean bill of health from the doctor and the rest is history.

Jefferson (4-5 overall, 4-2 in District 29-4A) has won three of their last four games and Johnson has simply been spectacular since his return to the field, scoring eight touchdowns (four on punt returns, two receiving, one kick return, and one on an interception).

Johnson credits his coach for the surge in his play.

"Ever since I got lit up in the Southside game (on a punt return), I've been playing with no fear," he said. "My coach told me after that game that I wasn't being aggressive enough; that I was being too timid. He told me that I needed to play with some swag."

Since that heart-to-heart with his coach, Johnson has definitely exhibited plenty of swagger. For example, he scored twice and picked off a pass in his team's 21-3 victory over Kennedy last weekend.

"On the interception, it was a play-action pass across the middle. I read it, left my guy, and picked it off. That set up a touchdown for us; I came in at wide receiver and caught a TD on our next drive."

Johnson's mailbox is getting stuffed with letters from several schools, including SMU.

"My coach said that SMU is going to be looking for some DBs in my class; some all-around players who can play DB and also do things at another positions, such as on returns."

There's no doubt that Johnson, who attended SMU football camp last summer, fits that description.

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