The 2021 season was a historic one for the C.A. Johnson Green Hornets. Their six wins were the most for C.A. Johnson since 2009. The Green Hornets also posted a second consecutive winning season, something that has not been done in quite some time. Following a 5-3 record, C.A. Johnson hosted its first playoff game and picked up its first postseason win since 1986. The 14 wins for the Green Hornets in the past three seasons are more than C.A. Johnson won from 2012-2018 combined.
Truly these are good times for the Green Hornets and their fans. However, for as good as the 2021 season was, the Hornets are still feeling like they’ve got some unfinished business. For the second straight year, C.A. Johnson was in contention for its first ever region title but fell short to the Lamar Silver Foxes.
Through it all, the 2021 campaign was quite an impressive effort for a program with its third different coach in three seasons. Now, for the first time since 2019, C.A. Johnson enters a season with the same coach it had the year before.
Second-year head coach Scotty Dean goes into 2022 looking for ways to replicate an offense that averaged 29.8 points per game and a defense that held opponents to an average of 17.9 points per game.
He will have to do that while replacing some key players. Offensively, DeJaylin Jacobs is expected to replace Isom Harris at quarterback. Dean believes Jacobs gives the offense a running dimension at quarterback it didn’t have last year. Wide receiver Caleb Pearson may also see time at quarterback.
Dean also loses CeCe Bailey at running back but returns Dawan Rice who rushed for over 1,000 yards and approximately 20 touchdowns. Keivone Bates will also be an option at running back. Jamereon Shaw, Sam Drain, and Emmanuel Davis return along the offensive line.
Defensively, Dean must replace Deaundre Goodwin, who was a force along the defensive line. Terrill Hopkins, Rafael McKenney, Nigel Leake, and Tavian Mitchell will man the linebacking corps. Pearson and Bates will lead the secondary.
The defense will be a strength according to Dean. He feels the offense is going to be tough to stop as well.
Dean wants the team to work on discipline and the small details of the game he feels could have made a difference in past years.
The region will be challenging, however, with reclassification, Lamar has moved on. Lewisville, Great Falls, and McBee remain. C.A. Johnson defeated all three teams last season. Whitmire is the new team. The Wolverines finished 2-7 in 2022. The non-region schedule is also challenging with games against North Central, Wade Hampton, Swansea, and Hemingway.
The expectation of winning the region title still remains, and there is talent and experience on the roster to get the job done. With the biggest obstacle no longer in the region, C.A. Johnson’s goal of winning a championship is even more obtainable. Dean believes the Hornets have a chance to win every game. In order to do that he says they need to execute and play their style of football. Times are definitely pretty good at C.A. Johnson right now. The 2022 season will show if the Green Hornets can get even better.