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In 1968 Harold Ratliff, the longtime Associated Press regional sports editor known as "Mr. Schoolboy Football" selected John Drew "Boody" Johnson as "the greatest high school football player in Texas history". Johnson, who was able to drop-kick 50 yard field goals, was described by Waco sportswriter "Jinx" Tucker as having "a marvelous side-step, and a zig-zag that is nothing short of bewildering". The Tigers were undefeated in 1921 but did not win the state title because they were not members of the UIL. In the 1922 state championship game, a 13-10 win over Abilene, Johnson had a spectacular day, he scored all of Waco's points on a touchdown, extra point, and two drop-kick field goals, in the last four minutes of the game. During Johnson's three years at Waco, the Tigers posted 30 victories, one loss, and one tie. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.

John Drew "Boody" Johnson