The Eastside Eagles have dominated the competition over the past two weeks of region competition and have outscored opponents 87-6, and one running back has stepped up in both games to lead the Eagles.
Senior running back Sincere Johnson has been reaching the end zone with ease as of late, and it has provided the Eagles with a huge offensive boost. Two weeks ago, Johnson scored three touchdowns with 72 yards rushing on just 10 carries.
Johnson kept his excellent run of play moving along to the following week as he reached the end zone twice against the Druid Hills Red Devils and once again had around 70 yards rushing in his team’s 42-0 commanding victory.
Johnson has become a model of consistency of late for the Eagles offense, and his hot play has come at the perfect time with playoffs only a few weeks from starting. Eagles head coach Troy Hoff has taken notice of Johnson's consistent level and believes his preparation has been key.
"What Sincere has done is had a higher level of focus and execution in practice, and it's showing off on game day," Hoff said. "We trust him to take care of a lot of things on the field. We put a lot on him as a running back, and he' s done a good job of leading that group. With him playing at a consistently high level from week-to-week, we can put more on him."
Johnson echoed the sentiments of his head coach and believes that how he has practiced has ultimately led to his success.
"Really, just my preparation and practicing. Practice and execution have been big for us," Johnson said. "We just have to go out there and execute and come out fast and do the same thing we've been doing the past two weeks."
The Eagles offense has been without multiple offensive playmakers like tight end Colby Shivers, running back Terrence Reid and even wide receiver Jeff Haynes, who returned last week and reached the end zone as well.
With so many offensive performers missing, the Eagles have been forced to find new playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Last week, it was wide receiver Giovanni Macek stepping up, an earning the Player of the Week honors.
This week, Sincere Johnson proved to be the outstanding performer of the offense, and he seems to have started to find a knack as a consistent performer. It has been a revolving door for the Eagles at running back as they have cycled in Johnson, Kenai Greer, and Dallas Johnson at the position all season long.
Johnson's emergence as an accountable back is a promising sign for an Eagles team that is poised for another playoff run.
The Eagles only have one blemish on their region record and are vying for the number two seed in the region. With two more region games to close out the season, Hoff will count on Johnson to continue to keep his excellent run of play going to boost the offense.
Johnson has already put together back-to-back multiple touchdown performances. If he finds a way to get in the end zone more than once this week, he has an extremely high chance of earning back-to-back player of the week honors.