Adam Johnson throws for 3 TDs to help John I. Leonard rip Jupiter 41-0
Friday, August 31, 2012
by Joseph Kairalla
John I. Leonard enters 2012 with high expectations. If its opener was any indication, those expectations are about to be realized.
The Lancers (1-0) began their season Friday night with a 41-0 rout of Jupiter.
In a dominating performance that showcased its high-powered spread offense and much improved defense, John I. Leonard took control early.
Quarterback Adam Johnson connected with receiver Jerry Jones for a 20-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Following a three-and-out by the Warriors' offense, the Lancers struck again as running back Winsen Juste Louis sprinted in for an 18-yard score.
"Our offense came out and was explosive right away," Lancers coach Wayne Monroe said. "We look to always to come out fast and tonight we were able to do that against a good team."
Leonard was just getting started.
The Warriors' second drive ended in a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Ovenson Cledanord, who returned it 40 yards to boost the lead to 21-0.
"Most people know our offense is going to put up points, but I think the difference between this year and other years is our defense," Monroe said. "We have the ability to be great."
The greatest Lancer on Friday night was the senior quarterback, Johnson.
Early in the second quarter, Johnson connected with Kenute Morris on a 37-yard touchdown toss. Minutes later Johnson capped the first half by scrambling in from the 2 to give his team a 34-point halftime lead.
"I think Adam Johnson is the best quarterback in the county, hands down," Monroe said. "A lot of people say he's a product of the system, but he's mastered that system and it's a joy to watch."
The second half brought more of the same.
On the opening possession of the third quarter, Johnson capped an 80-yard drive with his third touchdown of the game, a 17-yard strike to Tavares Martin to make it 41-0.
Johnson finished 12 of 19 for 164 yards and three touchdowns and added 80 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Following that score Monroe pulled the majority of his starters, but his defense was still able to hold Jupiter scoreless.
The Warriors, making their debut under new coach Doug Uccellini, managed less than 100 yards of total offense.
"They have a new coach putting in a new system, but I think they'll still be a good team," Monroe said. "I like to think our defense was the main cause of their problems."