September 11, 2007
Johnson has a big game against Tatum
TYLER, Texas -- When travelling to one of the state of Texas' biggest rivalry games to see Texas' two-time defending 2A champion Tatum and 3A powerhouse Gilmer there is plenty you expect to see in talented prospects like Oklahoma commitment Justin Johnson as well as nearly a dozen other players who have made college decisions. Players like Texas commitment David Snow as well as Texas A&M commitment Lamar Harris made the Buckeyes an early favorite.
71 Gilmer points later, the most by a Buckeyes team in 24 years, and it seems that no one had given enough due to just how big the talent gap was between the Eagles and Buckeyes.
Leading the charge for the Buckeyes win was not surprisingly Johnson who starred at running back, linebacker, as well as a return man. Most of the 6-foot-2, 215-pound commitment's early contributions came on the defensive side of the ball and special teams as Tatum came in motivated to slow him down on the ground.
Johnson took the opening kickoff 50 yards to the Tatum 40-yard line but had it called back on a holding penalty. The Gilmer drive quickly sputtered and Tatum took their first possession within their own 20-yard line. After a three and out that Johnson had a nice hand in helping a shanked punt saw Gilmer take the ball inside the Tatum 35.
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