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Craddock Oil Mr. Elite Finalist: Dillon Johnson

Craddock Oil Mr. Elite Finalist, Dillon Johnson. Photo courtesy of Hannah Newbold. Graphic courtesy of Cal Brown.

This player is one of eight seniors that left the St. Joseph football program better than they found it. This player was a big reason for it.

Senior captain Dillon Johnson has been named the first of four Craddock Oil Mr. Elite finalists after a decorated career with the Fighting Irish. Since 2014, the Mr. Elite Award has been given out to the best high school football senior in the state of Mississippi. The player personifies what it truly means to be elite on the gridiron, in the classroom, in the community, as well as being someone that Mississippi high school football will miss when their playing days are finished.

Johnson’s career resume includes all three state championships in St. Joseph’s history and a large amount of production on both sides of the football.

As a sophomore, Johnson had 1,822 all-purpose yards in an offense led by older brother and former Elite 10 member Brice Johnson. Defensively, he had 122 tackles and five interceptions, including two pick-sixes. They would go on to dominate Tri-County Academy in the MAIS Class AA State Championship game.

The following season, as a junior, he was used primarily as a ground threat en route to having 1,665 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 126 tackles and three interceptions. His performance in 2018 played another big role in their second Class AA state championship over Centreville Academy.

In his final season in an Irish Uniform, he matched his rushing yard total from a season ago while having 24 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, he had a career high 133 tackles and an interception en route to the school’s first undefeated season and a third straight state championship over arch-nemesis Indianola Academy.

In total, Dillon Johnson has 6,161 career all-purpose yards and 62 touchdowns.

The second nominee for the Craddock Oil Mr. Elite Award and Craddock Trophy will be announced on Tuesday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.

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