Ju’Juan Johnson Secures Louisiana Mr. Football Title, Breaking Records and Leaving a Legacy

Lafayette, LA – In the revered annals of Lafayette Christian Academy’s football history, the name Ju’Juan Johnson stands as an indomitable force, leaving an enduring impact that resonates unmatched within the program.

Distinguished not only for his exceptional skill as a senior quarterback but also as the recipient of the 2023 Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Football award, Ju’Juan Johnson’s achievement marks a historic milestone for both himself and the LCA program.

Johnson’s influence is etched in the records, where his finesse and determination orchestrated plays that led to a remarkable season. Completing an impressive 68% of passes, he tallied 3,597 passing yards and delivered 41 touchdowns in 2023. However, Johnson’s prowess extended beyond the pocket, as he epitomized the dual-threat quarterback prototype with 1,497 rushing yards and 25 ground touchdowns.

Ju'Juan Johnson Secures Louisiana Mr. Football Title, Breaking Records and Leaving a Legacy

Lafayette Christian football coach Hunter Landry praised Johnson’s unparalleled work ethic and leadership, emphasizing his consistent intensity in both practice and game nights. Despite facing pressure since his freshman year, Johnson’s composed demeanor never betrayed the challenges he navigated.

In the recent season, Johnson earned a coveted spot on the LSWA Class 4A all-state squad as a first-team athlete.

A pivotal moment unfolded during a quarterfinal playoff victory when Johnson etched his name in Louisiana high school football history. Surpassing the state career offensive total yards record held for 24 years by Evangel’s Brock Berlin, Johnson concluded the season with a staggering 14,475 total yards, claiming the state record for total touchdowns with an impressive 171.

Reflecting on the achievement, Johnson expressed gratitude for the opportunity to break records and thanked God, teammates, and coaches for an amazing high school career. He offered advice for aspiring athletes, urging them to “always chase your dreams.”

Johnson’s leadership propelled the Knights to their seventh consecutive state title game appearance. The championship clash against district rival St. Thomas More became a testament to grit and determination, with Johnson’s resilience and unwavering commitment defining not only a single game but an entire season of inspiration.

Coach Landry commended Johnson, stating, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Ju’Juan Johnson.”

The LSWA Mr. Football award, chosen by a committee of the state’s prep writers, solidifies Johnson’s place alongside LCA alum Sage Ryan as one of only two Lafayette Parish players to receive this prestigious honor.

Louisiana Farm Bureau/Mr. Football – Previous Winners:

  • 2023: Ju’Juan Johnson, Lafayette Christian
  • 2022: Tackett Curtis, Many
  • 2021: Landry Lyddy, Calvary Baptist
  • 2020: Sage Ryan, Lafayette Christian
  • 2019: Christian Westcott, Lakeshore
  • 2018: Derek Stingley Jr., The Dunham Schoo
  • 2017: Anthony “Pooka” Williams, Hahnville
  • 2016: Keytaon Thompson, Landry-Walker
  • 2015: Lindsey Scott, Zachary
  • 2014: Deshawn Capers-Smith, Warren Easton
  • 2013: Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine
  • 2012: John Diarse, Neville
  • 2011: Landon Collins, Dutchtown
  • 2010: Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker
  • 2009: Gavin Webster, Lutcher
  • 2008: Blake Matherne, Belle Chasse
  • 2007: Randall Mackey, Bastrop
  • 2006: Joe McKnight, John Curtis
  • 2005: Charles Scott, Jonesboro-Hodge
  • 2004: Ryan Perrilloux, East St. John
  • 2003: Chris Markey, Jesuit
  • 2002: Robert Lane, Neville
  • 2001: Jason Miller, Iota
  • 2000: Byron Robertson, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • 1999: Brock Berlin, Evangel
  • 1998: Bradie James, West Monroe
  • 1997: Adam McConathy, West Monroe
  • 1996: Travis Minor, Baton Rouge-Catholic
  • 1995: Cecil Collins, Leesville

Ju’Juan Johnson’s inclusion in this distinguished list showcases the exceptional talent and impact he has had on the sport. His journey to becoming Louisiana’s Mr. Football reflects not just individual achievement but also the collective success of the Lafayette Christian Academy football program.

As the curtains fall on the 2023 high school football season, Johnson’s legacy stands as a testament to dedication, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence. His advice to aspiring athletes to “always chase your dreams” encapsulates the spirit that has propelled him to this pinnacle of recognition.

The Louisiana Farm Bureau/Mr. Football award is not just an accolade; it is a symbol of the relentless pursuit of greatness in the realm of high school football. Ju’Juan Johnson’s name now graces the annals of Louisiana football history, leaving an indelible mark that will inspire future generations of athletes to strive for excellence on and off the field.

As the LCA community and football enthusiasts across the state celebrate this historic achievement, Ju’Juan Johnson’s journey serves as a source of inspiration, reminding us all that true greatness is achieved through dedication, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to one’s dreams.