Ju’Juan Johnson has made impossible plays come across as routine for the length of his high school career.
Now, one of the nation’s most dynamic playmakers from The Boot is fast approaching history on the path to what might be another state championship run.
Johnson, the On3 Industry Ranking’s No. 27-ranked CB in the country, plays on both sides of the ball for perennial powerhouse Lafayette (La.) Christian Academy. Johnson, who has been the conductor on the offensive side of the ball for the Knights for four years, is 350 yards away from matching the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s mark for all-time career yardage, a mark owned by former Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy QB Brock Berlin.
Berlin owns the record of 13,659 career total yardage set in 1999.
Johnson opened the post-season last Friday night and continued to inch closer and closer toward reaching Berlin’s quarter-century-old mark. The LSU-committed DB has amassed 3,860 yards of offense through 12 games this season, including 2,566 through the air and another 1,078 yards rushing. Johnson, who is averaging an outstanding 363 YPG for the Knights as a senior, is currently sitting at 13,309 total career yards.
Berlin’s record has been on Johnson’s radar for some time. In the process, the prolific athlete has also moved closer to another milestone in the LHSAA record books as well.
Johnson capped the regular season with 50 total touchdowns, then tacked on eight more as LCA made a statement in the opening round of the Division II select bracket last Friday night. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound playmaker tacked on three more passing TD in the opening round of the playoffs and is sitting at 158 total scores in his four-year run, and counting.
Johnson is nine touchdowns shy of matching former LSU great Nick Brossette, who piled up 167 touchdowns during his run at Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab. Brossette’s career total is the high mark for the LHSAA and is almost a decade old. Johnson has averaged five touchdowns per game as a senior this fall.
Johnson was a key part of LCA’s 2020 state championship squad and has lifted his Knights back to the state title game and finished as the runner-up each of the past two Decembers. Last year, Johnson’s single-game performance totaling 585 total yards of offense along with five TD and averaging north of 8 YPC in the Caesar’s Superdome was a state championship game record. This season, Johnson has more hardware and even more history to make in his grasps with one last championship run.