Johnson, Giddings-Whatley lead Thurston to district final win over Divine Child

Football   | Joe Buczek

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Redford – The backfield combination of Chris Johnson and Laymon Giddings-Whatley that helped put Redford Thurston in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years came through once again Saturday afternoon.

The senior duo accounted for five touchdown runs as the Eagles (8-3) captured their first Division 3 district championship since 2010 in a 37-17 win over visiting Dearborn Divine Child.

Saturday’s win also marked just the second time in program history that Redford Thurston has won a district title.

“Laymon is a tough runner, and he and Chris (Johnson) make a nice one-two punch,” Redford Thurston coach Bob Snell said. “Laymon goes both ways for us, but he’s so powerful that he can turn the corner and get his legs going. Laymon is a solid weapon for us and I thought he made very smart runs. He made a scoring run