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PREP FOOTBALL: Johnson races into record books
Dallas Johnson (3) has accumalated more than 1,500 rushing yards this season. The total gives him the single season rushing record for Eastside football. - photo by Covington News/File Photo

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Eastside Football Twitter account released some exciting news about the Eagles’ senior running back. 

Dallas Johnson set the single season rushing record for Eastside. He concluded the regular season with 1,517 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. While accomplishing this, Johnson averaged eight yards per carry. 

When he found out the news, Johnson was very happy, but he didn’t hog all the glory that comes with this achievement. 

“I wouldn’t be able to do it without my team,” Johnson said. “My offensive line and wide receivers do a great job blocking.” 

Previously holding the record was former Eastside running back, Git Aiken in 2008. 

Head coach Jay Cawthon has coached both Johnson and Aiken. 

Ironically, Cawthon highlighted the similarities between both running backs. 

“Dallas runs just as physical as Git,” Cawthon said. “Dallas has got more speed than Git, but he mainly reminds me of Git with his vision on the field.” 

Johnson has become the central focus of the Eagles’ offense this year. 

Whether it’s in the backfield next to E’Sean Arnold or in the Wildcat formation, the Eagles get Johnson involved in various ways. 

That has helped propel Johnson to setting a new school record. 

But that was never Johnson’s intention heading into his senior year. 

“My goal was just to come out and perform as best as I could,” Johnson said. 

And, while Cawthon places Johnson in historic company, Johnson stressed that he wouldn’t be the player he is today without Cawthon as his coach. 

That, in large part, has motivated and kept Johnson moving forward during his record-setting senior season. 

“He’s been very beneficial to my career,” Johnson said. “If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be playing, because he gave me a chance to show what I can do.”