From Trojan to Blazer

Kenny Johnson sits along side his mother as head coach Corey Joyner gives a speech about Johnson on the field. / Jon Benson

The Dougherty County Trojans didn't have the best football season last year, but what they did have was a group of seniors who went on to play college football.

Eight seniors from the Trojans Football Program have signed to play college football and another joined that class Friday as Kenny Johnson has signed to play football for the Valdosta State Blazers next season.

The road for Johnson was a bit different in order to get a chance to play at the next level. Johnson had suffered a hamstring injury during his junior year while playing baseball.

The injury throughout the summer never healed properly, forcing him to sit out his senior year of football. With Johnson's head held high and with dream to play in college, his coaches stepped in to help.

Head Coach Corey Joyner said, "We knew Johnson was a special kid on the field, and has a lot of talent. We (coaches) helped him get a tryout in front of the coaches at Valdosta State."

The tryout is exactly what Johnson needed to get a chance to be part of the Blazer family. Within minutes and only having to do a few drills the coaching staff knew this kid had a lot to offer. Johnson played mostly defense growing up, but with his skills and speed he could play anywhere on the field.

Kenny Johnson said, "I would like to continue playing cornerback, but I will be any where I need to if it helps the team win another National Title."

Johnson will report to Valdosta State next week on June 9th to start training for the 2014 football season.