Yahkee, Skyhawks trample Titans

What’s faster than a speeding bullet?

Perhaps L.C. Bird High School running back Yahkee Johnson, who rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns as L.C. Bird rolled over the Cosby Titans Friday night 48-7 in Dominion District football action.

“Yahkee picked up where he left off last week,” said L.C. Bird head coach David Bedwell. “He’s the heart and soul of the offense, we play as he plays.”

Bedwell was alluding to Johnson’s performance last week against Monacan, in which Yahkee ran for 283 yards, falling just 1 yard short of now Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling’s school record for rushing yards in a single game. The back-to-back monster efforts mean that Johnson has tallied 1,145 yard on 139 attempts through five games.

“I feel grateful for the opportunity to even be that close,” said Johnson. “I didn’t get the record, but as long as we’re winning, I’m a grateful guy.”

Johnson was ablaze the entire first half Friday. On the first six plays Bird ran from scrimmage, Johnson’s line looked like this: Four carries, 151 yards and two touchdowns, including ripping off a 76-yard touchdown and a 67-yard touchdown where he left the rest of the field in his dust.

Two plays into the second quarter, Johnson would find pay dirt again, pushing into the end zone on a 5-yard run. He continued to add to his totals later in the quarter on another 13-yard touchdown run, where he made several defenders miss.

“That really looked like something off of Madden,” said one onlooker, as Johnson wooed the crowd with his moves.

Offense wasn’t the only thing going for the Skyhawks in this game, as they dominated Cosby on the line, limiting Cosby to -6 rushing yards for the game. Junior defensive end Tyvaughn Kirby-Johnson was all over the quarterback, as he registered two first-half sacks and totaled four sacks for the game.

L.C. Bird led 28-0 at the half.

There was buzz of Johnson making another run at Snelling’s record, but Bedwell got Johnson and some other starters some rest in the second half.

“Luckily, we got ahead and were able to rest some of our guys and get some reps in for our bench,” said Bedwell.

And when the guys on the bench got in the game, that’s when it got fun for Bird. The starters cheered for their counterparts, and were treated to some great performances.

The Bird defense stayed strong, allowing a lone touchdown in the fourth quarter as Cosby’s Garrett Birnbaum connected with running back Jainard Lambert for a  5-yard touchdown strike.

“We’ve made great strides in our defense,” said Bedwell. “We hope to be able to continue to do so. We have a lot of guys that can make plays on defense.”

Bird running back Teon Lewis added 104 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Quarterback Ant Harris also connected with wide receiver Jamil McGinnis on a 42-yard touchdown strike.

The Skyhawks, who improved to 5-0, will continue a three-game home stand this Friday evening against James River. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm. Cosby will look to rebound against George Wythe as both teams continue their district schedules.


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