Bo knows offense.
Ora "Bo" Johnson passed for three touchdowns and ran for two Friday night, leading No. 15 Bryan Station to a 53-21 victory over visiting Lafayette.
Johnson brought the Defenders (3-2) back from a 14-0 deficit by triggering a 40-point run.
He finished 16 of 23 passing, for 320 yards. He also ran 13 times for 98 yards.
Not a bad showing on a night when Bryan Station retired the No. 75 jersey of NFL Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson.
"We knew he was coming back," Johnson said. "And there's only 280 people in the Hall of Fame, and to have one from our school is something special. So we thought we'd put on a little clinic for him for coming back."
The teams combined for 653 yards of offense in the first half alone, 444 by Bryan Station. The Defenders cruised in with a final total of 489, to 388 for Lafayette.
After falling behind 14-0, the Defenders rattled off 33 second-quarter points.
Johnson was involved in all the Bryan Station scoring, connecting with C.J. Walker for touchdown passes of 80 and 67 yards, and with Lavelle Cloyd for a 5-yarder, and also running for scores of 8 and 34 yards.
"When he's got five or six wide receivers he can throw to, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense to zero in and try to stop someone," Defenders Coach Frank Parks said of Johnson. "And, as athletic as he is, if you do get lucky enough to stop them, he can run and still hurt you."
Lafayette's early lead came behind touchdown runs of 12 yards by Kylan Nelson and 17 yards by Malik Robinson. The latter led Lafayette with 115 yards on 11 rushes. Nelson finished with 79 yards on 17 carries and led the Generals with eight tackles.
Nelson's score was set up by Devon Quincey's fumble recovery.
Robinson's score capped a 99-yard drive after Bryan Station was stopped on fourth down. The Defenders had driven 94 yards to reach that point.
"We started kind of slow ... but once we got a couple turnovers out of the way we started rolling offensively," Parks said. "We found our rhythm."
Operating out of the no-huddle, the Defenders began to score at warp speed.
Walker's 80-yard reception was the first scrimmage play after Robinson's TD.
Walker's second scoring grab capped a two-play possession, as did Johnson's 34-yard touchdown run.
Bryan Station made it 40 points in a row when Devon Key returned a third-quarter interception 75 yards to the end zone.
Lafayette came back to score on Maykah Brown's 1-yard run with 4:01 left in the third, but then it was Bryan Station back on the offensive.
K-Ci Carmichael scored on runs of 11 and 2 yards to put the Defenders up 53-21 early in the fourth quarter.
"We're going to continue to work as a team to try to get better," said Eric Shaw, coach of Lafayette (1-6). "That's all we can do. Bryan Station's a great team, a lot of athletes, and they seized the moment tonight. And that's the difference."
Dawson called the pre-game ceremony to retire his jersey "an honor, it really is."
Dawson, a University of Kentucky graduate who went on to become a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said "it's special just to be a part of the whole ceremony, and also to see my 30th year high school reunion as well."
Bryan Station 53, lafayette 21
Lafayette 7 7 7 0—21
Bryan Station 0 33 7 13—53
L—Kylan Nelson 12 run (William Wester kick); L—Malik Robinson 17 run (Wester kick); BS—C.J. Walker 80 pass from Bo Johnson (kick blocked); BS—Johnson 8 run (pass failed); BS—Walker 67 pass from Johnson (Tequan Claitt pass from Johnson); BS—Johnson 34 run (pass failed); BS—Lavelle Cloyd 5 pass from Johnson (Anthony Lopez kick); BS—Devon Key 75 interception return (Lopez kick); L—Maykah Brown 1 run (Wester kick); BS—K-Ci Carmichael 11 run (kick failed); BS—Carmichael 2 run (J'Juan Sleet kick).
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