Jefferson H.S.


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Jefferson Varsity vs. South Gate. Photo by R. Sweeney. Head Coach: Doi Johnson (Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers)

Assistant Coaches: Terry Moore (Offensive Coordinator & Quartebacks)
Michael Moore (Offensive-Line)
Ronald Scott (Wide-Receivers)
Julio Cortez (Defensive-Line)
Eduardo Craig (Kickers)
Williams (Defensive Backs)

Overall Record 1919 to 1992

1st Year
Grames Played

2007 Football Results

This season all games are away as the home field is being upgraded.
Sept. 7--Jefferson 20, Gardena 12
Sept. 14--Jefferson 6, L.A. High 12
Sept. 21-- Pasadena Muir 47, Jefferson 6
Sept. 28--L.A. Hamilton, Jefferson
Oct.  5-- Monroe 32, Jefferson 30
Oct. 11-- Manual Arts 30, Jefferson 48

2006 Football Results (2-8)

Sept. 8-- Jefferson 12, Gardena 28
Sept. 15-- Narbonne 30, Jefferson 0
Sept. 22-- Pasadena Muir 15, Jefferson 12
Sept. 29-- L.A. Hamilton 34, Jefferson 14
Oct. 6 -- Monroe 20, Jefferson 18
Oct. 13-- Fremont 13, Jefferson 26
Oct. 20-- Crenshaw 22, Jefferson 0
Oct. 27-- Dorsey 33, Jefferson 7
Nov. 3 -- Locke 21, Jefferson 0
Nov. 9 --  Manual Arts 7, Jefferson 33

2005 Football Results (3-5)

Sept. 9--Jefferson 27, Gardena 32
Sept. 16--Narbonne 14, Jefferson 13.
Sept. 23--Pasadena Muir 21, Jefferson 22
Oct. 1--San Diego Point Loma 48, Jefferson 7.
Oct. 14--Manual Arts 7, Jefferson 33
Oct. 21--Fremont 6, Jefferson 9
Oct. 28--Crenshaw 38, Jefferson 17
Nov. 4-- Dorsey 40, Jefferson 7
Nov. 9--Locke

2004 Football Results (4-3)

By Coach D. Johnson

Jefferson 20  Gardena 27

In a game marred by turnovers the Demos lost a hard fought battle to the Panthers of Gardena. Austin Usher was on the receiving end of two touchdowns thrown by Cantrel Walker.

Jefferson 34, South Gate 20

The Democrats were led by two Austin Usher touchdowns along with a touchdown and interception by Travis Smith.

Jefferson 29, Pasadena Muir 24

The Democrats erased a 17-0 halftime deficit to score 29 unanswered points before yielding touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Travis Smith scored three touchdowns, two receiving and one interception returned for a touchdown. Kerry Smith scored on a 65 yard touchdown reception.

Jefferson 13, Cathedral 37

Jefferson lost a tough battle to the Phantoms. Travis Smith led the Democrats for its only two touchdowns of the game.

Jefferson 13, Banning 32

Jefferson was handed a tough loss at the hands of the Pilots. Travis Smith accounted for one of the Demos' scores while Kerry Smith scampered 70 yards for the other touchdown.

Jefferson 27, Locke 6

Travis Smith scored two touchdowns along with Montel Morris who also scored two touchdowns in Jefferson's convincing win over the Saints in the League opener.

Jefferson 41, Manual Arts 6

Austin Usher had two touchdown receptions. Travis Smith scored on a 92 yard touchdown reception as well. Contrell Walker, Kerry Smith, and Nilson Cornejo all had scoring runs.

2003 Football Schedule

  1. @ Gardena   7:00 pm
  2. South Gate  3:00 pm
  3. @ Taft  3:00 pm
  4. Cathedral  3:00 pm
  5. Banning  3:00 pm
  6. @ Dorsey  7:00 pm
  7. @ Locke  3:00 pm
  8. Manual Arts  2:15 pm
  9. Fremont (@ Huntington Park H.S.) 7:00 pm
  10. Crenshaw  2:15 (homecoming)

2002 Football Season (6-6)

After finishing the regular season with a 5-5 record, the Demos advanced to the playoffs and defeated Carson (8-2) 48-28 November 21. Ryan Clark rushed for 128 yards in nine carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass. Vincent Reese scored two touchdowns while rushing for 63 yards in 12 carries. Ryan Connor rushed six times for 25 yards and scored a touchdown.

The team lost the second round playoff game to Gardena, 38-14, and ended the season with a 6-6 record. The footballers had a fine season with some great victories and individual performances.

2000 Football Season (6-3)

Jefferson 40, El Camino Real 6 
Sept. 8--The Demos started a rebuilding season with a 40-6 win at El Camino Real. The footballers scored 26 points in the second quarter, and held a 32-0 lead at one point.

Jefferson 27, South Gate 13
Sept. 15--In their first home game in over a year, Coach Johnson's footballers inaugurated the newly refurbished stadium at Fulton Field with a victory over South Gate. The Demos were leading 12-6 in the fourth quarter when South Gate went ahead on a touchdown. Jefferson rallied in the final minutes for a 27-13 win as Jason B. ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns and safety Gary W. intercepted two passes. Jefferson is now 2-0.

Jefferson 6, Taft 28
Sept. 22--Under overcast skys the Demos lost to second ranked Taft H.S. 28-6 at home. Although Jefferson scored first on a a 23-yard run in the first quarter by Jason B., Taft was able to score all the remaining points with some of the top players in the City Section. Quarterback John B. was upbeat about the game saying, " This game was good for us because Taft is a [Championship Division] team. We need to be ready for teams like that when we get into our Coliseum League schedule and into the playoffs."1

Jefferson 14, Granada Hills 28
Sept. 28--Jefferson was unable to stop Granda Hills from scoring in each quarter as the Demos lost an away game to unbeaten Granada Hills. Quarterback John B. threw a 28 yard pass in the first quarter and the Demos scored again on a 28 yard run in the third quarter. Jefferson is now 2-2.

Jefferson 12, Gardena 6
October 6--Jefferson improved to 3-2 with a win over Gardena.

Jefferson 26, Manual Arts 22
October 14--Jefferson scored an important Coliseum League win over Manual Arts during a Saturday afternoon away game. The Demos are now 4-2.

October 20--

Jefferson   , Crenshaw
October 27--

Jefferson 14, Dorsey 7
November 3--Behind 7-0 at half time during Jefferson's Homecoming game, the Demos came back to score another victory and improve their record to 6-3


1998 Football Awards
All Conference

1st Team Defense 2nd Team Defense 1st Team Offense 2nd team Offense
DeJuan Ward - DB Jashawn Brown - LB Bayon Harris - RB John Brown 
Jesse Charles -DB Rodney Smith - DB Manuel Sanchez -OL William Rosa - OL

John Price - DL Larry Harris - OL


Jefferson Graduates: Where Are They Now?

Jesus Martinez Graduate/USC Eboni Wilson Graduate/Washington State University
Jermaine Thomas Graduate/San Jose State Isaac Hatley Montana State
Antonio Guzman Graduate/CAL State Northridge Daniel Pantoja CAL State Monterey Bay
Tony Thomas Graduate/Univer. of Hawaii Jason Allen Weber State
Apolonio Ramirez Graduate/USC Enrique Garcia USC
Kevin Moore Graduate/Southern Illinois University Joshua Griffin Fresno State
Armando Alvarez Graduate/CAL State Dominguez Hills  Gary Love University of Arizona
Emilio Ramirez Graduate/USC Quan Wilson Washington Sate University 
Ed Morse Central Missouri State Jesse Charles Saint Mary's College
John Johnson Graduate/University of Kansas Bayon Harris Fresno State
Robert Robinson Gradute/University of Hawaii Aquino Relles
Whitfield Usher-2003

Oregon State University
Clifton Stanford-2003 University of Arizona


Coach Hank Johnson Featured

Coach Hank Johnson was selected as Coach of the Week by KABC TV's Monday Night Live program during the 2000 season. Coach Johnson was also featured in an article by Gary Klein in the October 1, 1998 Los Angeles Times Sports section, page 10, for his emphasis on teaching his teams sportsmanship and character. Johnson began a tradition of having this team clap as their opponents leave the field as a demonstration of respect. "When you lose, it's rough to go over there and clap for your opponent, " Johnson was quoted in the Times. "But we're trying to teach our young men to have some character, integrity and pride. I often tell people we want these kids to be winners at the big game--the game of life."

Hue Jackson, now USC's running back coach and a former Dorsey quarterback who defeated one of Johnson's teams, was later encourage by Johnson to pursue his goals in life. "Hank Johnson brought a whole new perspective to getting along every day and how to deal with winning and losing, " Jackson was quoted as saying. "He is one of the greatest men I have ever known."


1998 Football Season

Jefferson 14, Granada Hills 56

Jefferson faced the top-seeded Granada Hills Highlanders in the first round of the playoffs and lost 56-14 to a high-powered passing offense led by Jason W. in John Elway Stadium Thursday, November 19. The Demos can look back on a successful season having reached the playoffs again this year, and ended with another winning season with an 8-4 record. This season saw some impressive offensive performances by Jashawn B., Bayon H., and Dejuan W., while on defense Jashawn also dazzled and intercepted Demo opponents.

Jefferson 16, Jordan 13

Jefferson scored a touchdown with 9 seconds remaining to defeat Jordan 16-13 in a defensive battle in which the Demos shut down a normally high-scoring Jordan team. Jashawn B. lead the defense by returning a 97-yard interception, blocking an extra-point attempt, and also catching a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Homecoming victory gives Jefferson a 7-3 record and a boost going into the playoffs next week. Go Demos and congratulations on a great regular season!

Jefferson 34, Garfield 7

Demo running back Bayon H. scored three touchdowns and ran for 302 yards in 26 carries to help Jefferson defeat Garfield 34-7 Friday, November 6. The Southeastern Conference victory raises Jefferson's record to 6-3. The Democrats return home next Friday to face Jordan (5-3) for annual the Homecoming game. Jordan just defeated Locke 34-22. Come out and support Jefferson for the final regular season game, and for the upcoming playoff games.

Jefferson 21, South Gate 14

Bayon H. again put on a running display for 179 yards in 28 carries and scored two touchdowns to lift the Demos to 5-3 with a Southeastern Conference victory over South Gate Friday, October 30. The Demos travel to Garfield next week. The Bulldogs just lost to Roosevelt 44-15 in the East Los Angeles Classic. Jefferson finishes the regular season at home November 13 against Jordan.

Jefferson 20, Roosevelt 21

Jefferson's Bayon H. rushed for 232 yards, yet Roosevelt was able to secure a southeastern conference win over the Demos, 21-20 at the away game October 24. Next week the Demos travel to South Gate who is coming off a loss to Bell, 12-14. The Demos are now 4-3.

Jefferson 9, Huntington Park 0

The Demos shut out Huntington Park in a defensive battle on October 16. The team travels to Roosevelt next Friday and faces a good South Gate team on October 30. The Demos are now 4-2 and seem to be headed for another winning season.

Jefferson 20, Locke 36

Locke's ground game, led by Alvin M., outscored Jefferson 36-20 during the away game Friday, October 10. Alvin scored four touchdowns against the Demos, including an 82-yard kickoff return, to help Locke (4-1) defeat Jefferson (3-2) in this Southeastern Conference game. Jefferson plays Huntington Park next at home on Friday, October 16, and away at Roosevelt (3-2) on the 23rd.

Jefferson 17, Fremont 14

Jefferson Varsity vs. Fremont. Photo by R. Sweeney.

Forced into sudden-death overtime, the Jefferson defense came up with an important interception which set up the game winning field goal at home on Friday, October 2. The Demos are now 3-1 for the season. Their defense will be tested again next Friday in the away game against Locke. Locke scored 52 points to beat Huntington Park on Friday as Alvin M. scored four touchdowns. Jefferson plays Huntington Park at home on Friday, October 16.

Jefferson 43, Los Angeles 14

Collecting a win during their first away game, Jefferson H.S. defeated Los Angeles H.S. 43-14 Friday, September 25. Following a successful performance last week, Bayon H. rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown. The defense again held their opponent to under two touchdowns. Rodney S. returned an interception for 43 yards. The Democrats are now 2-1. Next week's game is at home against Fremont.

Jefferson 29, Bell 6

Jefferson evened their record to 1-1 by soundly beating Bell 29-6 at home on Friday, September 18. The Demos' senior running back Bayon H. scored on a 38-yard run and gained 96 yards in 14 carries.

The victory is an important Southeastern Conference win for Jefferson after starting the season with a loss last week. "All week, our coaches talked about staying focused and not giving up. We're just now starting to put it together. Everyone in helping out," said Bayon.

San Fernando 38, Jefferson 12

Jefferson Varsity vs. San Fernando. Photo by R. Sweeney.

After finishing last season with a 9-4 record, the varsity football team lost their opener to San Fernando H.S. 38-12 at home, Friday, September 11. The highlights for Jefferson included a 44-yard scoring run by Jashawn B.. Dejuan W. scored the other touchdown on a 52-yard pass play.


1997 Football Season

As the first big El Niño storm hit Southern California, the Democrats lost a City Section 3-A Division semifinal game to El Camino Real 34-0, Friday, December 5, 1997. The wet conditions did not slow down the El Camino running game as the team from Woodland Hills gained over 260 yards rushing.

Although the footballers lost their third semifinal game, they won our hearts, support, and respect. We thank them for a wonderful, rewarding season. It was one of the most memorable seasons in many years. Coach Johnson, his assistant coaches, and his team should be saluted for all their hard work, dedication, and success this year!

During the previous week, Jefferson won their second playoff game with a victory over Lincoln H.S., 47-12 at Huntington Park Friday, November 26. The Democrats' offensive game was led by Joshua G. who ran for 225 yards. Defensively, Gary L. returned a 101 yard interception for a touchdown.

The Democrats finished the 1997 season with a winning 9-4 record.


Photos by R. Sweeney

1. Article by Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2000,  pg. D11.

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