ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos have named Delta’s Ben Johnson NFL High School Coach of the Week. Johnson led the Class 3A Delta Panthers to a 26-21 upset victory over No. 3 Palisade last week. Delta was ranked ninth.
“It was very exciting and we knew it was huge to take that step in making the playoffs,” Johnson said. “We just sort of weathered the storm.”
Johnson, 43, was born in Gunnison and graduated from Gunnison High School in 1989. He went on to earn degrees in education, social studies and physical education from Wayne State in 1994. Along with coaching the Panthers, he teaches P.E. at Delta High School.
The Denver Broncos will recognize 10 High School Coach of the Week honorees during the regular season. Each weekly winner will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund to be used in the school’s football program. Additionally, during the Broncos’ home game on December 30th, the NFL/Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Year will be named and presented with a $2,000 donation to the school’s football program.