Six prep stars making their marks this season

Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald Fridley quarterback MJ Newton, seen here carrying the ball against Minneapolis North on Friday, September 10, is one of the top dual threats in the state as a passer and runner.

Jaylon Washington (Minneapolis North)

It has been quite the season for Washington. The senior rushed for 219 yards on 27 carries scoring two touchdowns, leading the Polars to a 28-14 victory over Minneapolis Southwest on Friday, October 8 at Southwest Stadium. 

The 5’8” 160-pound running back has rushed for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns this season while averaging 166.2 yards per game.

Emmett Johnson (Academy of Holy Angels)

The senior is having a season to remember and has given notice to everyone that he is among the state’s best after his 416-yard, five-touchdown performance in a 49-25 victory over St. Louis Park Friday, October 8 at the Academy of Holy Angels.

The 6’0” 183-pound running back has 1,453 rushing yards averaging 242.2 yards per game.

Juriad Hughes (Irondale)

The sophomore only caught one pass in the Knights’ 28-21 victory over Cretin Derham Hall on Friday, October 8 at the University of St. Thomas, but it ended up being the most important reception of the game.

The 5’10” 170-pound receiver’s 51-yard touchdown reception with 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning score.

Camden Royal (Robbinsdale Cooper)

The senior turned in a dominating performance in what has been a dominating season.

The running back led the Hawks to a convincing 35-7 victory over Spring Lake Park by rushing for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He’s currently averaging 153.7 yards per game, has 10 touchdowns and 934 yards for the season.

Quentin Cobb-Butler (Woodbury)

The sophomore is quietly becoming one of the metro area’s top defensive players as justified by his 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to help lead the Royals to a 55-21 win over Park of Cottage Grove on Friday, October 8 at Park High School.

The 5’8” 160-pound defensive back has three interceptions with two for touchdowns in six games.

MJ Newton (Fridley)

After completing 11 of 19 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-7 win over St. Paul Johnson on Friday, October 8, the senior continues to be one of the most dominating players in the state. The junior quarterback also rushed for 80 yards during the contest.

He has passed for 681 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 634 yards while hitting paydirt seven times.