Brunswick’s John­son se­lected as Ga­torade Player of the Year

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By David Fierro [email protected]­

Mak­ing a wealth of out­stand­ing plays from his wide re­ceiver po­si­tion through­out his ca­reer, Brunswick School se­nior Cor­nelius John­son did things on the foot­ball field that not many Bru­ins fans saw be­fore.

Thurs­day, it was an­nounced that John­son ac­com­plished an­other first.

John­son was se­lected as 2018-19 Ga­torade Con­necti­cut Foot­ball Player of the Year. Cho­sen by The Ga­torade Com­pany, John­son is the first Con­necti­cut Ga­torade Player of the Year hail­ing from Brunswick.

The award rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing ath­letic ex­cel­lence and high stan­dards of aca­demic achieve­ment and ex­em­plary char­ac­ter demon­strated on and off the field. He is now a fi­nal­ist for the Ga­torade Na­tional Foot­ball Player of the Year award to be an­nounced later this month.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for our pro­gram and even more so, for him,” said Brunswick foot­ball coach Jar­rett Shine, who had an op­por­tu­nity to coach John­son for four sea­sons. “It is a huge ac­com­plish­ment and we are very proud of him.”

The highly re­cruited, 6-foot-3, 198-pound wide re­ceiver turned in a stand­out se­nior sea­son for the Bru­ins. He reg­is­tered 50 re­cep­tions for 826 yards and 12 touch­downs (both of which led the team) for the Bru­ins, who fin­ished 8-2 and qual­i­fied for the NEPSAC Class A Mike Silipo Cham­pi­onship Bowl game.

John­son, a co-cap­tain this fall, earned All-Erick­son Team hon­ors for the third straight sea­son and was named the league’s CoOf­fen­sive Player of the Year. He also re­ceived All-New Eng­land Class A First Team ac­co­lades for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year.

“This year, he re­ally took on his lead­er­ship role,” Shine said. “He worked hard in prac­tice, led by ex­am­ple and showed the younger play­ers how to play the game the right way. He was a true leader to the team and was also more vo­cal than he had been in the past.”

Also re­turn­ing a kick­off 99 yards for a touch­down this past sea­son, John­son was also se­lected to play in the U.S. Army All-Amer­i­can Bowl, which takes place in Jan­uary.

Dur­ing his four-year Brunswick ca­reer, he recorded 129 re­cep­tions, 33 touch­downs and 2,167 re­ceiv­ing yards.

John­son has vol­un­teered lo­cally as a board mem­ber with Jack and Jill of Amer­ica, which fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity ser­vice among African Amer­i­can youth. “He is an out­stand­ing player with good speed, fan­tas­tic body con­trol and elite hands,” Sal­si­bury School coach Chris Phelps said. “It’s safe to say that ev­ery­one’s game plan cen­tered around con­trol­ling him.”

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