High school football: Wayne's Louden Johnson is Oklahoman's Player of the Week

Johnson accounts for four touchdowns as Bulldogs beat Minco, the only team to beat the 2011 state champs
by Ryan Aber Published: September 10, 2012
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photo - Wayne's Louden Johnson dives forward as Woodland's Tracey Wilson tackles him during the Class A state championship high school football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Wayne's Louden Johnson dives forward as Woodland's Tracey Wilson tackles him during the Class A state championship high school football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Johnson also scored on a first-quarter 8-yard run and a 13-yard run in the third as Wayne avenged, once again, its lone loss from a season ago.

Johnson, who was expected to take over for graduated Josh Way as the Bulldogs primary tailback this year, played fullback due to an injury to their starter there.

He had about 12 carries, but Sharp hopes Johnson's carries will double soon.

The Bulldogs came back to beat Minco in the third round of the playoffs.

Still, beating Minco meant plenty for Johnson and his teammates.

“I'd never beaten Minco in the regular season,” Johnson said. “They're still pretty good and all week in practice, the coaches kept reminding us that if we didn't focus, they were going to beat us.”

If anything, Johnson sees a sharpened focus in the team coming off last season's championship.

“In all honesty, I don't know how any of us could go back to not playing deep in the playoffs,” Johnson said. “We've got so much community support and really a bunch of pressure on us. Every time we walk in anywhere around here, people ask about the team.

“Sometimes you get tired in games and you have to have a little extra motivation. That's what it is for us. I don't know how we could go back in somewhere around here knowing we lost. We don't want to let those people down.”


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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