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One of Ohio's Best - Patrick Henry's Donny Johnson

Johnson Named Ohio D VI Ofeensive Player of the Year

(11-30-16) Patrick Henry's Donny Johnson was named the AP All State D VI Offensive Player of the Year. The Patriots running back who ended his career on Saturday in a state semifinal loss, broke many of the Patrick Henry Rushing records. Johnson was also named the Northwest District's Offensive Player of the Year.

Patrick Henry Head Coach Bill Inselmann was named the D VI Coach of the Year. Named to the first team defense for Patrick Henry was Linebacker Trey Zimmer (5-11, 210, Sr), picking up Special Mention honors were Damian Lanzer, Tristen Novak and Kent Petersen.


2,516 yards
327 carries
39 touchdowns 

5,119 yards
70 touchdowns

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(11-25-16) (Lima) - For Patrick Henry the season didn't end the way they wanted it to, but looking back it will be a season remembered for a long time by Patriot fans. The career of the best RB to represent the school had his career end, Donny Johnson.

Johnson finishes his career with 5,119 career yards, 70 career TDs and the greatest single season in school history, 2,516 yards and 39 TDs. His single season totals puts him the OHSAA record book as one of the best in state history.

Patrick Henry ends just one game short of reaching the state finals, but what a ride it was for the Patriots. Congrats Donny Johnson on a great career.


2,516 yards
327 carries
39 touchdowns 

5,119 yards
70 touchdowns


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(11-18-16) (Napoleon) - Even lighning couldn't stop Patrick Henry's Donnie Johnson from reaching 5,000 career yards rushing. Johnson, who was just named the Northwest Ohio District Div VI Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for 211 yards on 31 carries and scored three TDs to lead the Patriots to a 21-19 Regional Title over Ayersville.

Johnson's rushing performance put him over 5,000 career yards rushing and he now (unofficially) has 5,033. His season total of 2,430 yards places him in the OHSAA records list:

Yards Rushing, Season (minimum 2,400)

3,472 - Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe (2011)
3,439 - Tony Franklin, Bedford St. Peter Chanel (2001)
3,386 - Jason Bainum, Williamsburg (2001)
3,353 - Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington (2000)
3,232 - Tyrell Sutton, Akron Archbishop Hoban (2004)
3,057 - Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven (2000)
3,043 - Jason Bainum, Williamsburg (2000)
3,039 - Raveion Hargrove, Trotwood-Madison (2015)
3,038 - Erik Haw, Columbus Independence (2003)
2,989 - Michael Johnson, London (2015)
2,961 - Donald Johnson, Cincinnati North College Hill (2001)
2,942 - Ben Tobin, Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy (2012)
2,902 - Marcus Hendren, Johnstown-Monroe (2006)
2,885 - Noah Key, Columbus Bishop Hartley (2010)
2,856 - Ryan Brewer, Troy (1998)
2,855 - Richard Hall, Cincinnati Wyoming (1998)
2,819 - Larry Scott, Hubbard (2014)
2,795 - Breck Turner, Norwalk (2014)
2,780 - Maurice Thomas, Oxford Talawanda (2014)
2,775 - Bobby Doyle, Avon Lake (2004)
2,765 - Curtis Enis, Union City Mississinawa Valley (1993)
2,744 - Nathan Clark, Newark Licking Valley (2003)
2,703 - Blaine Maag, Columbus Grove (2003)
2,685 - Kareem Hunt, Willoughby South (2012)
2,675 - Jon Schroeder, Avon Lake (2003)
2,643 - Chad Schulte, Delphos St. John's (1997)
2,589 - Nick Goings, Dublin Scioto (1995)
2,585 - Jeremy Larkin, Cincinnati LaSalle (2014)
2,582 - Charles "June" Henley, Columbus Brookhaven (1992)
2,580 - Jay Reed, Windham (2003)
2,567 - Mike Harris, London (1995)
2,563 - Casey McBeth, Fostoria (1989)
2,555 - Tommy Lee, Mogadore (2002)
2,551 - Reid Hutchison, Frankfort Adena (2011)
2,533 - Shawn Cole, Amanda-Clearcreek (1999)
2,519 - Kareem Hunt, Willoughby South (2011)
2,510 - Jordan Scanlon, Clinton-Massie (2010)
2,468 - Mason Minnich, Ashland Crestview (2011)
2,455 - Brandon Miree, Cincinnati Winton Woods (1998)
2,435 - Aaron Long, Smithville (2004)
2,430 - Donny Johnson, Patrick Henry (2016)
2,425 - Brandon Shimits, Solon (2004)
2,407 - Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe (2011)
Next up for the Patriots (13-0) is Stateline area powerhouse Marion Local (12-1) who handled Mechanicsburg 26-15. The winner of this match-up will move on to the D VI Championship game.


2,430 yards
39 touchdowns

5,033 yards


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(11-11-16) - Donny Johnson and the Patrick Henry (12-0) Patriots won their 2nd round D VI playoff football game with a 21-3 win over Liberty Center (7-4). Johnson finished the night with 28 carries, 197 yards and three TDs. He now has 2,219 yards for the season and is just 188 yards away from 5,000 yards for his career.

Johnson told BCSN:

“Every win is a big win, but winning this one is a tad more. It’s a happier feeling because it’s our rivalry game. It feels amazing.”

Veteran Liberty Center coach Rex Lingruen told BCSN:

“We didn’t wrap up a couple times, and Johnson’s a great back. If you don’t tackle him, you’re going to pay the price. He’s going to hurt you. Patrick Henry is a good football team, and they’ve got some great individuals also. It will be interesting to see how far they can go.”

Next up for the Patriots is 7th Ranked Ayersville, who beat Wynford 30-6 last night, in the D-VI regional final next Friday night.

2,219 yards
36 touchdowns

4,822 yards

(11-4-16) - Donny Johnson and the Patrick Henry (11-0) Patriots won their opening round D VI playoff football game with a 39-0 win over Tinora (7-4). Johnson led the way with 21 carries and 146 yards rushing and three TDs. Those 146 yards allowed him to break the 2,000 career yards rushing plateau (2,022).

Johnson told the Toledo Blade after the game about reaching 2,000 yards: “It means everything. I’m super humble and very proud of my offensive line for getting me to that point. I couldn’t have done it without them. It just means everything for me.”

Johnson moves one step closer to reaching 5,000 yards rushing in his career, after last night he now has 4,625 yards, just 375 yards away.

The Patriots move on to next Friday night when they will play Liberty Center (9-2), who beat Colonel Crawford 28-20 last night.

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2,022 yards
33 touchdowns

4,625 yards

(10-29-16) Donny Johnson finished the regular season carrying the ball 16 times for a 166 yards and 2 TDs leading the Patriots to 41-14 win over Wauseon and an outright NwOAL title. Those numbers made him the Patriots single season rushing leader with 1,876 yards and surpassing the old mark by 20 yards. Johnson is now just 124 yards away from reaching 2,000 yards for the season. Should the Patriots put on a playoff run he is just 521 yards away from 5,000 yards for a career.

1,876 yards
30 touchdowns

4,479 yards

(10-23-16) Donny Johnson rushed for 244 yards and three TDs to lead Patrick Henry to a 35-12 win over Bryan. The Patriots will finish up the season with defending champion (two-time) Wauseon and need a win to clinch the outright title.

Johnson will shoot for another school record on Friday, the single-season rushing record, including play-off games (1,856 yards) and needs just 147 yards to accomplish that goal. With at least one play-off game in-sight Johnson will also have a chance to reach the 2,000 yard mark for the season with 290 yards needed.

1,710 yards
28 touchdowns

4,313 yards

(10-16-16) Donny Johnson rushed for 146 yards and two TDs, breaking Justin Buenger's school single-season rushing yards record (1,428)in a 46-12 win over Evergreen.

1,466 yards
25 touchdowns
Johnson also hit another milestone reaching the 4,000 yard rushing mark, as his career total is now at 4,069, next week the Patriots travel to Bryan (3-5).


(10-9-16) The Patriots in a close game in the battle of State Ranked team beat Swanton 35-28. Johnson had a very busy night 43 carries (new school record) for 201 yards and 3 TDs. His season totals according to the Crescent-News:

171 rushes 
1,320 yards
23 touchdowns
His career total is now at 3,923, 77 yards next week against Evergreen will help him pass the 4,000 yard mark and to pick up win #8.


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CHECK OUT Crescent-News Story - Patrick Henry's Johnson running roughshod on record books

(10-5-16) - One of the top high school running backs in Northwest Ohio is Patrick Henry's Senior tailback (5-8, 175 lb) Donny Johnson. Johnson just became the school's all-time career rushing leader after six games this season with 3,722 yards. Johnson also became the first Patriot to rush for 1,000 yards in three different seasons

Last season, Johnson rushed for 1,305 yards and 19 TDs and it could have been more, but he missed three games due to a leg injury. Last year in the Wayne Trace game he rushed for 322 yards and six TDs. This season Johnson scored six times and had 216 yards rushing against Columbus Grove.

Johnson also hopes to break two more Patrick Henry rushing records, the regular (10 game) season record of 1,428 and the season record (including the playoffs) of 1,856 yards.

Like any running back on a winning team that scores big numbers, Johnson sees limited playing time in the second half and that has cut down on rushing numbers.

His Coach Bill Inselmann told the Crescent-News Story

"He's just a tremendous running back, he's the kind of running back that makes coaching easy. He's gifted with tremendous speed and if he can get outside, he can break it nearly every play."

The OHSAA record for most yards rushing in a single-season is 3,472 set by Ross Franklin of Johnstown-Monroe in 2011, to make the OHSAA single-season records a player needs a minimum of 2,400 yards in a season.

The OHSAA career rushing record is 9,426 yards held by Tyrell Sutton of Akron Archbishop Hoban (2001-2004), to make the list the minimum number of yards is 5,750 yards and 29 runners are currently listed.

Remaining Patrick Henry Games

10/7 - @ Swanton 
10/14 - Evergreen 
10/21 - @ Bryan 
10/28 - Wauseon

Celina Wins!

SSN's Dave Schmidt with the call...

1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.

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