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Alto senior Keenan Johnson has been named the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week for Class 2A. It's a weekly honor that recognizes just one high school athlete in each classification across the state.
Following a sensational junior season, Alto’s Keenan Johnson picked up right where he left off.
During last Friday’s opener, the senior signal-caller was a one-man wrecking crew as the Yellow Jackets routed Class 3-A ranked Crockett, 60-33.
It didn’t take long for Johnson to get going. On the first play from scrimmage, he raced 74 yards for a score, and that was just the beginning.
“After the first snap, he pretty much never looked back,” said Coach Paul Gould.
By the time it was over, Keenan had run for 360 yards and seven touchdowns and, for good measure, completed three passes for 40 more yards. On defense, he made three tackles and an interception.
His performance sends a clear-cut message that Alto means business in East Texas. These Yellow Jackets may be even better than the 2014 squad, which won the District 2A-11 title last fall and enjoyed an undefeated regular season before falling in the regionals. With the 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound Johnson at the controls, anything is possible.
Keenan, an honor roll student with a 3.6 GPA, is a college prospect, with Southern Methodist University and Louisiana-Lafayette expressing the most interest to date. His junior year numbers were impressive with 4,045 total yards (2,438 rushing) and 52 touchdowns (34 rushing), which won him all-state honors. He’s also an all-district point guard in basketball and a state track meet qualifier in the sprint relay and long jump. Additionally, Johnson is involved in student council and his church’s youth group.
“Keenan is a leader on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Gould. “His teammates really rally around him. He’s exactly the type of player than any coach would want to coach.”