Johnson Named OPSWA Division VI Defensive Player of the Year

Norey Johnson

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deer Park High School senior Norey Johnson completed one of the most historical seasons in Wildcat football history in November. On Monday evening, the two-way star added another honor to the record books, garnering the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division VI Defensive Player of the Year.

The award is given to the top defensive player in the State of Ohio at the Division VI level, a first for any DPHS student-athlete.

Johnson finished the season with 128 tackles, including a Cincinnati Hills League leading 68 solo tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He added a CHL best two return touchdowns while ranking second in the conference in kick return average.

Johnson has garnered a litany of accolades this season, including First Team CHL honors, CHL Athlete of the Year, First Team All Southwest District Division VI, and Division VI Southwest District Division Player of the Year.

The senior was not limited to his defensive prowess, ranking third in the CHL in all-purpose yards with 1,579 and second in scoring with 132 total points. His 21 touchdowns ranked second in the CHL, as well.

Johnson will go down as likely the most decorated athlete in Deer Park High School history, boasting four All-CHL selections, including three-straight First Team honors and two First Team All Ohio honors. He is the first Ohio Player of the Year in any sport in school history.


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