J-TRAIN: Princeton High football player Jaiden Johnson races upfield in a game earlier this fall. Last Friday night, senior star Johnson made three catches for 48 yards and kicked a 46-yard field goal in a losing cause as PHS fell 38-10 to Camden Catholic. The Tigers, now 1-6, host Cinnaminson (1-6) on October 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Bill Alden
It was Friday night lights time for the Princeton High football team as it hosted Camden Catholic for Homecoming.
An overflow, raucous crowd had packed the stands around the PHS turf field by the 7 p.m. kickoff last Friday on an unseasonably warm October evening with fans spilling into the hill overlooking the end zone.
As Tiger senior receiver/cornerback Jaiden Johnson took the field, he was pumped to give the fans something to cheer about.
“The atmosphere was amazing, I am glad to see everybody here,” said Johnson.
“Last year we didn’t have it because of COVID. I just love it; the support from the school.”
After Camden Catholic jumped out to an 8-0 lead, Johnson got the throng on hand buzzing, making a 40-yard reception down the sideline on a bomb from Jaxon Petrone and later kicking a 46-yard field goal as the Tigers cut the deficit to 8-3.
“We have been working on it every single day in practice,” said Johnson, recalling his spectacular catch.
“We have been getting better and it transitioned into the game. We want to keep doing that as much as possible.”
Johnson and fellow senior star receiver Everaldo Servil have developed a good connection this fall with senior quarterback Petrone.
“On the offseason, me, Everaldo [Servil] and him have just been working together,” said Johnson, who came into Friday averaging 15 yards per catch. more