ETX PCU Player of the Week goes to a valuable player and leader

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Johnson’s 4th touchdown night on the spot helped the Cougars improve to 5-0 for the year.

TYLER, Texas — Jamarion Johnson’s night started with a touchdown on the goal line to claim the win Grace Community Cougars an early lead. But he wouldn’t stop there. He put together a career night, scoring a total of four touchdowns on the ground in a big 40-21 win over the Spring Hill Panthers.

“The first thing we knew was that we had to dominate them and attack first,” Johnson said. “We also just had to stay focused, we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

The game was full of physical plays and momentum swings. But every time it seemed Spring Hill would come back into play, it was another big run from Johnson that silenced the visitors.

The running back quickly smiled at his great performance. But he was just as quick to give all the credit to his offensive linemen and teammates for creating space and allowing him so much success.

“Honestly, it felt great. But I knew I couldn’t do it without my teammates and linemen,” Johnson said. “Just being out there with them and helping me, I knew it was going to be a big night.”

Head coach Tim Russell has been acclaimed worldwide for his running back and success that helped lead the Grace Cougars to a 5-0 start to their bye week. He knows that executing the game plan and maintaining focus will be key to continuing to win. And he knows Johnson will continue to do so and the big games will continue to come.

He also praised the leadership qualities Johnson possesses. Having a player who can fill the stat sheet is one thing. But having a guy like Jamarion who can also be a leader and a player that others on the team look up to is even more valuable.

“He is so humble and such a great teammate. He really brings the team together,” Russell said. “Our team is like a big jigsaw puzzle. There are a lot of pieces being put together and at the moment they fit together very well. And Jamarion is a really big part of that.”

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