Johannesson KNOWS football

In Thursday’s edition of The Forum I wrote a feature story on Fargo South running back James Johannnesson, who is having another standout season in the Bruins backfield.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior enters Friday’s game against North on the heels of a career-best rushing effort.

Johannesson rushed for 331 yards and four touchdowns in South’s 38-24 win over Devils Lake last Saturday. The yardage total broke his school record single game rushing tally of 311 yards set a year ago in a game against Dickinson.

Fargo South junior running back James Johannesson is a force for the Bruins this season and rushed for a school record 331 yards in South win against Devils Lake last Saturday. David Samson / The Forum

The more impressive part to the record in my opinion is the fact that Johannesson collected his 331 yards on the ground while only carrying the ball 14 times. That’s what you would call explosive.

Johannesson is a “factor back” that South tries to keep fresh. In my story, head coach Troy Mattern said ideally Johannesson would be in the 14-18 carry mark in any given game for South’s offense to be highly effective.

In total, Johannesson has rushed for 768 yards on 71 carries (10.8 yards per carry and 256 yards per game). He is on pace to shatter his sophomore season rushing total of 1,455 yards, which led the Bruins.

A year ago, he played a split tailback role with then senior all-state running back Zach Reich. So it seems no matter the situation, Johannesson is going to get his share of yards on the ground.

Johannesson has also been active in South’s receiving group catching five passes for 95 yards and one touchdown.

Bottom line, Johannesson is a versatile athlete , who also plays hockey and runs track for the Bruins.

He’s putting together a noteworthy season that likely will end with more updates to South’s record books.

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