With backfield mate Daquan Smith out with an injury, Kamron Johnson knew his carries would increase.
Little did the Aynor running back know just how much.
Johnson ran 52 times for 234 yards, caught six passes for 23 yards and intercepted a ball in leading the Blue Jackets football team to a 22-9 victory over Latta on Friday night.
“We trust Kamron. He’s a winner and he’s been with us since Day 1,” Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. “Nobody else was going to touch the ball tonight.
“Jalen Dixon got a few carries, but that was just to keep him happy,” the coach quipped.
Johnson, who entered the game as the area’s leading rusher, usually shares carries with Smith, who entered Friday as the Strand’s fourth-leading rusher but missed Friday’s game after suffering a left shoulder injury a week ago.
“One of the coaches told me at the end of the game,” Johnson said of learning of his carry load. “ I noticed I was getting a lot. I had to get used to it. I could feel it in the game but it was all right.”
Johnson provided all three of the Blue Jackets’ scores. He scored from 4 yards out in the first quarter, from 9 out in the second and ran it in from 2 yards out in the fourth.
“We rode Kamron Johnson," Jenerette said. "That kid’s a soldier.”
Johnson’s interception was one of several turnovers Aynor caused, Jenerette said.
“We got a bunch of turnovers tonight. We hadn’t had that in a while,” Jenerette said. “That allowed us to get the ball back and drive and pound. It was just a dirty Aynor football game.”
The victory was one of revenge for the Blue Jackets, who suffered a heartbreaking 35-32 loss to the Vikings last season.
“I feel pretty great,” Johnson said. “Last year we had several fumbles and that was one of the reasons we lost. Tonight we had one but we got it back. And tonight we caused a lot of turnovers.”
And while Jenerette said his team didn’t play its best game Friday night, Aynor improved to 3-1 heading into a bye week.
“I’ve got some of the toughest dudes you’ll ever want to meet,” Jenerette said. “They love each other and they love Aynor football.”
Jenerette said it’s possible Smith will be back for the team’s game against Lake View in two weeks.
“We’ve got a bye week next week. It couldn’t come at better time,” he said. “We’ll ice up and get ready for Lake View. It’ll be another war. Maybe we’ll get Daquan back.”
Johnson – who combined with Smith to rush for 1,707 yards and 13 touchdowns last season – said he’d welcome having his backfield partner back.
“He’s a big player. We’ll share carries,” he said. “We’ll both be fresh and can get an equal amount of carries.”
Aynor: Johnson 52-234, Dixon 4-18, Woodle 3-4, Zach Todd 1-3.
Aynor: Woodle 11-13-0 75, Caleb Jenerette 1-1-0 3.
Aynor: Dixon 6-55, Johnson 6-23.
•(At) Andrews 28, Carvers Bay 6
| The Bears fell to 0-3.