2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team Offensive Newcomer Of The Year: Keenen Johnson, Alto
Alto couldn't hide junior quarterback Keenen Johnson from opponents for long.
It didn't really matter, though. The first-year varsity quarterback accounted for 4,045 total offensive yards and 52 touchdowns while the Yellowjackets burned through 11 straight opponents to reach the Class 2A Division I regional final.
For his efforts, Johnson is the ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team Offensive Player of the Year. He follows last year's winner, Sulphur Springs' Larry Pryor.
"Going into the year, I was just trying to do my best," Johnson said. "I never worried about my stats. I just worried about my team. I expected to do well and we were hoping to make a big run in the playoffs."
The Yellowjackets' fantastic run came to an end there with a tough 23-20 loss to Centerville for an 11-1 record.
Of the quarterback's 74 completed passes for 1,607 yards, 18 went for touchdowns. Only four of his 120 attempts were intercepted. He rushed for an area-best 2,438 yards on 199 attempts while 15 other players with more than 1,000 rushing yards played an even 12 or more games.
Only Tenaha senior running back Cobe Caraway finished ahead of Johnson. Caraway rushed for 20 more yards on 19 more attempts over three more games.
"I'm really proud of our season and where we can go from here," Johnson said. "I felt like I contributed by giving my teammates the ball with the pass. Just letting our athleticism make plays. Then I made plays where I could in the running game."
Alto, as usual, should make some noise in 2015. Especially with Johnson as a second-season signal caller.
"My goal for this season is to win state," Johnson said. "Of course, before that, we need to win district. We are from a great program. We cannot go backwards."