Johnson's 7 passing TDs stun Flashes
by Donell Maxie
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Ladarius Johnson walks off the field after throwing one of his seven touchdown passes Friday in a 50-13 win over St. Aloysius. Johnson completed 16-of-19 passes for 363 yards and seven touchdowns.
Ladarius Johnson walks off the field after throwing one of his seven touchdown passes Friday in a 50-13 win over St. Aloysius. Johnson completed 16-of-19 passes for 363 yards and seven touchdowns.
MOUND BAYOU— Touchdown Johnson!!!!

That was the sound ringing over and over again here at C.V. Thurmond Field during the John F. Kennedy Hornets homecoming game versus the St. Aloysius Flashes.

Ladarius Johnson gave his best Peyton Manning imitation in this Region 2-1A showdown as he torched the Flashes for seven touchdowns on 16-of-19 passing for 363 yards in a 50-13 aerial assault.

Johnson connected with five different receivers during the contest and did it with pinpoint accuracy for an 84.2 percent completion percentage.

After starting the game 1of-2 with one touchdown, Johnson hauled off 12 consecutive completions for 238 yards with five touchdowns before throwing an incompletion.

"I think this was a night that Johnson needed. I think his confidence was shaky early in the season and he was progressing slowly as a passer. He has passing ability, but once you lose confidence, sometimes it's hard to get it back. This was a night that worked well for Johnson and I'm excited for him. This gave him his confidence back and hopefully he will lead us from here and be that double threat for us," said Sheldon Hodge, JFK head coach.

The win for the Hornets improved the team's record to 4-2 overall with a 3-0 mark in the region. St. Aloysius fell to 4-3 with a 3-1 mark in the region.

The offensive game plan for Hodge changed quick, when stand out running back Carnez Gant was ejected from the contest for a helmet-helmet hit on St. Aloysius' Conner Smith with 9:15 remaining in the first quarter.

The penalty forced Gant out of the game for the rest of the night and gave the Flashes the ball inside of the five-yard line.

With 8:53 remaining in the game, Douglas Busari plunged in from three yards out for a St. Aloysius touchdown. Blake Hudson added the point after for a 7-0 Flashes lead.

"Anytime you lose a player like Carnez Gant in the beginning of the game, it's always a concern. We have a number of weapons here in Mound Bayou it's just a matter of going in the bag and trying to utilize what I felt would be the most effective way to deal with St. Aloysius," said Hodge.

After Gant left the game the best way was through the air as Johnson connected with Xavier Roberts on a third down pass that went 60-yards for the score with 7:31 left in the opening quarter. The conversion attempt failed, but JFK had closed the gap to 7-6.

The Hornet defense was stinging the Flashes all night forcing five punts; two turn over on downs and two interceptions.

The Flashes entered Friday's contest averaging 26.8 points per game, but the Hornets' defense made it tough on their opponents all game long.

"Defense is like prayer, it changes things. The defense played well and tonight I would have to give them a grade A for their performance," said Hodge.

With the defense playing well and the offensive line only allowing one sack on the night, Johnson had all the time in the world to pick apart the Flashes secondary.

Johnson threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Ricky Fleming from eight yards out. The conversion failed, but the Hornets led 12-7.

Following a punt from the Flashes, Johnson was back in business leading a six play, 51-yard drive that culminated with Johnson finding Damian Hodges from eight yards out with 11:04 remaining in the second quarter. Jarvis Lewis scored on the two-point conversion for a 20-7 JFK lead.

St. Aloysius next possession ended in a punt attempt, but this time Hudson could not handle the snap, and fumbled the ball. JFK's Kordell Moore recovered the ball to put the Hornets in business at the Flashes 22-yard line.

On the first play of the drive, Johnson connected with Roberts again for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 10:01 remaining in the first half. The conversion attempt failed, but the Hornets now led 26-7.

The Hornets defense stood up again on the Flashes next possession as Hodges intercepted a pass from Smith and returned it eight yards to the Flashes 49-yard line.

Johnson moved the ball on the next possession with his legs as he scampered on a touchdown run, but the run was called back due to holding. Instead of risking it again, Johnson went back to the air finding Roberts again for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter. Johnson added the conversion run for a 34-7 lead, which would remain the score at halftime.

The Flashes came out to start the third quarter and put together a 13 play, 53-yard drive that resulted in a three-yard touchdown run from Josh Price with 8:06 on the third quarter clock. The point after attempt failed to make the score 34-13.

That would be the last time the Flashes would score, but Johnson would go to throw touchdown pass to Roberts for 29 yards and to Octavis Taylor for 15 yards. Johnson added the two-point conversion for each score to give the Hornets the 50-13 score and win.

The Hornets only compiled 45 yards total on the ground on 18 carries with Johnson leading the team with 32 yards.

Roberts finished the night with seven catches for 183 yards and four touchdowns. Fleming had four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown, Taylor finished with three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, Hodges had one catch for eight yards and a touchdown and Alshajuan Foster had one catch for 16 yards.

Hodges and Lewis both had interceptions to lead the Hornets defense. Moore, Roberts, Fleming, David Huffman and Ladatrian Glenn all had notable games on defense to help the Hornets cause.

The Hornets will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday against Montgomery County on the road in Kilmichael.