By Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | September 27, 2016 9:25 pm ET
From attending middle school to lacing ’em up for the same team in different sports, Hawkins (Los Angeles) duo Greg Johnson and Joseph Lewis have been doing the same things for years.
That’s why neither player was surprised Tuesday afternoon when they learned that they both had a touch of insomnia Monday night.
“It makes sense,” said Johnson, a four-star cornerback. “We both knew how big the next day was gonna be for our school.”
Johnson and Lewis were presented with their honorary jerseys for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
The game is scheduled for Jan. 7 in San Antonio’s Alamodome at 1 p.m. (ET).
“We knew today was gonna be a big day,” Lewis added. “To be the first players from our school to play in the Army All-American Game is just something that’s hard to describe. We set the standard. We’re both proud.”
Lewis said the achievement meant more to share it with Johnson because “Greg was the one that got me into football in the first place.”
“I only started playing in the ninth grade,” said Lewis, who is ranked No. 2 among wide receivers in the 247 Sports Composite. “I owe him for that so to be able to do this with him is cool.”
This season the Lewis-Johnson combo has Hawkins sitting at 5-0.
Lewis has scored seven touchdowns and Johnson, an Arizona commit, has snagged three interceptions.
Johnson said Tuesday’s honor will only drive them to “take it to another level.”
“Stuff like this just makes us want to work harder to get that state title,” Johnson said. “It’s hard not to think about the Army All-American Game, but we’ll focus on our season first. I know both of us can’t wait ’til the next game.”