Madison County Commissioners recognize Johnson Jags for state basketball title

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The Madison County Commission recognized the Johnson High School boys' basketball team for their state title on March 9, 2016. (Shevaun Bryan/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday, Madison County Commissioners took a break from their regularly scheduled meeting to welcome some very tall visitors.  They recognized some hometown heroes who brought a state title back to the Tennessee Valley.

The boys’ basketball team from J.O. Johnson High School visited with commissioners, along with head coach Jack Doss.

“I’m proud of these young men.  I think they’re the best basketball team in the state’s history,” said Doss.

Before county business, Commissioner Bob Harrison presented the Jaguars with a resolution recognizing their title.

“It feels great to know the community and all the commissioners are recognizing us for the things we’re doing in our community,” said John Petty, a junior guard.

It’s Johnson’s second straight 5A title, and the ninth state title for Coach Doss, who says his guys are good on and off the court.

“Six out of 10 young men are on the A/B honor roll and two are straight A students, so they need to understand it’s more than just athletics,” said Doss.

“Basketball can only take you so far in life. Academics, we need that as well. It gets us into college so he keeps us in the books,” said Justin Hopkins, a senior forward.

It doesn’t hurt that their closing school is going out on top.

“We had a couple stumbles during the season, but we came out in the Final Four and gave our all, just for the legacy of Johnson,” said Petty.

Johnson defeated Faith Academy 71-50.  Coach Doss now has more championships than any coach in state history.

Next year, Johnson High will move to a new campus and be named Jemison High.