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Crestview's Johns takes talents to Cumberlands

Seth Stringer
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW – A three-time district champ, four-year starter at linebacker and Dandy Dozen star, Chris Johns departs Crestview with an indelible legacy.

That legacy, sure-tackling talents and leadership didn’t escape the University of the Cumberlands, an NAIA member of the Mid-South Conference.

Johns, standing 6-foot and 200 pounds, was everything for Crestview in his swan song. Not only did he produce 53 tackles, a pair of sacks and an interception, he was a goal-line force with five touchdowns to earn first-team all-area honors and help the Bulldogs advance to the region quarterfinals.

That followed a junior campaign where he produced 44 tackles and recovered three fumbles to help the Bulldogs to a 10-3 mark, a fourth straight win over Niceville and a Final Four appearance.

Chris Johns and coach Tim Hatten laugh during a signing event at Crestview High School.

The University of Cumberlands is coming off a 10-2 campaign that last year produced an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Mid-South Conference officials announced Tuesday that the Bluegrass Division's fall schedule will be postponed until spring 2021 due to the ongoing concerns related to COVID-19.

That follows the announcement by NAIA officials on July 31 that the NAIA Football Championship Series would be moved to spring 2021. The NAIA expects to announce the FCS dates and the conference schedule later over the next month.