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Coaching search begins again at Rockdale
Johnson steps down as football coach

CONYERS - The Rockdale football team is in search of a new football coach - again.

In fact, Rockdale's next football coach will be the school's fifth head coach in 13 seasons.

William Johnson, who took over the reins at Rockdale last year and coached the Bulldogs during the 2007 season, recently stepped down as Rockdale's head football coach.

Johnson said he enjoyed his time at Rockdale and wishes his players the best of luck in their future endeavors.

"I enjoyed working with the kids, I have absolutely no regrets and wish the kids nothing but the best," Johnson said.

Johnson led the Bulldogs to a 1-9 season in 2007 with the one win coming against crosstown rival Heritage 22-14 in overtime.

Johnson, a Tennessee native, started out as an assistant coach 11 years ago at Mount Juliet High School in Wilson County, Tenn. His first head coaching job was six years ago at Stratford High School in Nashville. He then went on to be a head coach at Marshall County High School before landing in Rockdale County last spring.

Johnson took over the program in a time of turmoil at Rockdale County High School. Johnson replaced Lee Carter - who stepped down in December after the 2006 season - a season that began on the heels of a player dying from heat exhaustion and having another player accuse Carter of striking him.

Carter coached four years at Rockdale, compiling a 16-25-1 record with one playoff berth in 2005. He replaced Larry Mortonson, who also only coached one season at Rockdale, a 5-5 season in 2002. Mortonson's brief tenure was also clouded because of the collapse of a player due to heat exhaustion.

Mortonson replaced Matt Fligg, who was fired after the 2001 season. Fligg coached at Rockdale for six years, posting a record of 35-28 with two state playoff apperances and a region championship in 1999. He came to Rockdale in 1996, replacing Scott Woodall.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans @rockdalecitizen.com.