Johnson blasts Crockett 69-6

Staff report 

AUSTIN – The only thing colder than Johnson High’s icy all white road uniforms Thursday was a defense that was equally frigid. 

Tenacious defense, mixed with explosive offense and special teams, carried the Jaguars to a 69-6 season opening demolition of the Crockett Cougars at Burger Stadium. 

Johnson wasted little time flexing that defensive muscle at the start. A 15-yard scoop-and-score from senior defensive tackle Elvis Garza off a Crockett fumble pushed the Jaguars to a 7-0 lead roughly three minutes into the game. The Jags maintained a 14-6 lead after a quarter thanks to a 75 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jesse Medina to wide receiver Ethan McAlister. 

The Jag offense turned up the heat in the second quarter and scored 28 unanswered points to take a 42-6 halftime lead. That scoring barrage was led by a pair of winding, highlight reel, against-the-grain touchdowns scored by senior wide receiver Noah Vasquez. 

Success was immediate for Johnson at the start of the second half when junior kick returner Caden Winzer returned the opening third quarter kickoff for a score, further expanding the Jaguar lead to 48-6. 

Meanwhile, Johnson’s defense smothered Crockett, limiting the Cougars to 47 total yards on offense and four turnovers. 

The cherry on top came in the third frame when the Jags capitalized on an interception by linebacker Josh Gentry, which led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Medina to sophomore wide receiver Josh Compton. 

Medina went 5 of 8 for 144 passing yards and four touchdowns. As a team, the Jaguars racked up 327 total yards on offense. 

Johnson opens its home schedule Sept. 2 when they host the Lockhart Lions. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

Keeping a sharp eye on the ball was Johnson Jaguar wide receiver Ethan McAlister who attempted to haul in a deep pass in the second half of Thursday’s game. While McAlister didn’t hang on for the score, he did finish with a 75 yard touchdown pass in the Jags’ win. Photo by Moses Leos III / Hays CISD

Johnson Jaguar wide receiver Noah Vasquez puts on the brakes in order to avoid a Crockett Cougar defender during the second frame of Thursday’s game. Vasquez avoided several tackles on the play en route to scoring a remarkable touchdown. Photo by Moses Leos III / Hays CISD

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