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Oklahoma high school football: Offensive playmakers make John Marshall a team to watch

John Marshall has an exciting football team this season.  

The Class 4A No. 9-ranked Bears have one of the state’s best players in senior wide receiver and Arkansas commit Bryce Stephens, but he isn’t the only playmaker.

Seniors Devin Johnson and TJ Carter combined for 337 rushing yards and each ran for two scores in John Marshall’s 51-20 season-opening win against Bethany on Friday.

Johnson plays wide receiver but will likely continue to have a big role in the running game along with Carter and junior Devin Jones, who expects to play this week after missing the season opener with an injury.

“We’ve got three really good tailbacks,” John Marshall first-year coach Jeff Horrocks said. “All three of them are a little bit different.”

Along with success on the ground Friday, junior quarterback Kane Donovan threw three touchdowns, all to Stephens.

The Bears will try to earn their second win of the season when they play Class 6A-II Northwest Classen (1-0) on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Taft Stadium.  

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John Marshall's TJ Carter carries the ball during a scrimmage against Star Spencer at Taft Stadium on Aug. 21. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

John Marshall's TJ Carter carries the ball during a scrimmage against Star Spencer at Taft Stadium on Aug. 21. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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