Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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December 12, 2012

All-star player

Cross Roads’ Johnson headed to Myrtle Beach

Athens — CROSS ROADS — Senior wide receiver Taylor Johnson has been named one of the top 100 players to play in the National Underclassmen All Star Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. later this month.

Johnson will be a wide receiver in the game after pulling in 28 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats during the 2012 football season.

“It’s amazing that I get to play against some of the top athletes from the East Coast, the West Coast, up North and all over the country,” Johnson said.

Johnson will head to South Carolina next Monday for four days of practices with the players.

Johnson’s high school coach, Brad Wallace, said getting a player to the all-star game from Cross Roads is a big accomplishment for his football program.

It always means something good when one of your students is reaching a level of notoriety,” Wallace said. “He is excited to go to a new place and work out with the guys.”

Wallace said losing a player of Johnson’s caliber will be tough on the Bobcats next season.

“We are going to lose some football intelligence. We are also going to lose his catches,” Wallace said. “He was team first and played any position that got asked. He changed positions throughout receiving kickoffs and doing what the team needed.”

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