"We lost our head coach last year," said Ed Shields, who was elevated from defensive backs coach to head coach after Lynch's passing, "and Jeremiah really took over team leadership. We didn't go as far as we would have liked to go during the season, but to come back from that type of stuff [was impressive]. ... It was a time where you needed people to stand up and he was one of the people who stood up. Every time you go out on the field, at least in the beginning, you started to think about our coach. He was a big presence and he had a big affect on their lives. So anybody that helps you get through that transition period ... is a big deal. He really helped pull everyone together and helped keep the kids focused."Johnson was elected team captain and helped Suitland to a 9-2 season. The Rams fell in the Class 4A South semifinals to C.H. Flowers. Johnson caught 11 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded 99 tackles and four interceptions at the free safety spot. Shields said Johnson's move from cornerback to safety ensured that he would be more involved in the team's defense. The opposition could avoid Johnson at corner, but not at safety.