Minden’s Johnny Johnson outscored all 542 contestants during the regular season of The Times’ Prep Fantasy Football contest, but didn’t take home any of the cash prizes or Strawn’s pie.
Johnson more than made up for it this weekend.
With a dominating 135.9-76.3 victory against Bossier City’s Mike Stevenson in Prep Fantasy Bowl III, Johnson took home a $500 haul from Strawn’s.
Johnson used the top two running backs on the final ballot to run away with the victory. He was able to coast behind the efforts of Malcolm Dedrick of Livonia (35.9 points) and Javontae Turpin of Neville (35.3).
“I’m happy,” Johnson said. “The only person happier is my wife. She said that it took way too much of my time. She hated to see Saturday morning coming, as I would spend at least an hour checking box scores. And it just got worse during ‘The 32’ (playoffs).
Dedrick had 239 total yards and two scores as Livonia rolled to the Class 3A state championship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday. Turpin’s 173 yards and three scores keyed Neville’s comeback victory in the 4A title game.
After success during the first two years of Prep Fantasy Football, Johnson finally broke through this season. He finished 12th in 2012 and was a semifinalist last season. He has won eight of his nine Prep Fantasy postseason head-to-head matchups.
“It was a lot of fun,” Johnson said. “I love stats and the only way to do this right is to study the stats. Now I can pay (my wife) back in Strawn’s pies.
“I’ll be happy when next year starts. I think the best part of the contest is keeping up with future college talent in the area. Prep football is the best football.”
Stevenson was the second-leading scorer in the regular season, but saw his luck run out in the finale.
Prep Fantasy Football boasted another record-breaking season. There were 10 different weekly winners as the individual entries doubled to more than 2,000. So did the number of unique contestants.
Check back in 2015 for the fourth season of Prep Fantasy Football.
Highest weekly score: 167.25 (Jon M. Stevenson, Bossier City, Week 8)
Top cumulative score, regular season: 1,078.05 (Johnny Johnson, Minden)
Top quarterback score, regular season: 58.85 (Se’Derrick Smith, Fair Park, Week 1)
Top running back score, regular season: 48.2 (Hunter Bedgood, St. Mary’s, Week 9)
Top receiver score, regular season: 43.9 (Reginald Turner, Natchitoches Central)
Top score, postseason: 74.3 (Devin White, running back, North Webster)