Dorsey senior linebacker D’Mar Johnson realizes how the lessons learned during a game can last long after the regulated minutes run out. Football does more than just develop a person’s athleticism.
“I just like the contact of the sport and the sport, it gives you an edge on how to become a better person in life,” he said. “It’s not even just a game, it’s really a lifestyle that you live.”
Johnson helped the Dons earn an 8-5 overall record and pace the Coliseum League with a 5-0 record. Although they had a tough start to their season, the team came together to have a long playoff run.
“We got on a winning streak,” Johnson said. “Key factors really are discipline and playing the game, making minimal mistakes and executing the plays that coach gives us.”
His junior year marked the first time he competed in the CIF City Section championship, which took place at El Camino College. The Dons’ championship game against the San Fernando Tigers was a highlight for Johnson. Dorsey fell to San Fernando 21-28.
“Even though we lost in the championship, it was still a big moment that I was even to be able to play on the big stage at a college stadium,” he said. “That was a big moment, a big part of my life.”
As a senior, he encourages his younger teammates to be patient when it comes to getting varsity opportunities.
“I tell them just because you’re an underclassman, you may not get your shot now, it’ll come,” Johnson said. “I told them ‘don’t get down on yourself because you might not get in, but you’re suiting up for varsity, it’s a privilege to even suit up with us or even be able to practice with us.’”
Last fall semester, Johnson took three Advance Placement classes and had a 3.3 GPA. AP Psychology was his favorite.
“I want to learn psychology about why people do the things that they do and with me playing football, I’ll be able to learn that,” he said. “Since there’s such a big thing with concussions and football, I’ll be able to get a job that could possibly help and prevent concussions.”
Johnson is an avid student and member of the community. Along with being ASB treasurer, he works with the Urban League and the NAACP. At his church, he helps tutor small children.
With the Urban League, Johnson tutors middle school kids. Working with the NAACP, he discusses ways to improve the community. He handles all of his obligations with ease.
“If you do everything on time and you don’t procrastinate, then you’ll be alright,” Johnson said. “Most of the, I’m doing my work on time, turning it in. If I do need help, I’ll go to office hours and then I’ll come to practice.’’