Friday night, Johnson led the Class 5A Trojans of the Pioneer League to a 35-21 victory over Columbine, the defending 5A champion, in a first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Trojan’s victory ended a 15-game Columbine winning streak.
“It was worth the price of the ticket,” Johnson said. “It was a real rock-’em, sock-’em game. Not one for meek running backs. A real punisher.”
Johnson, 56, is a native of Monterey, Calif. He graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School in 1974 and from Southern Colorado State (now CSU Pueblo) in 1978 with a degree in physical education. While at Southern Colorado State, he was an all-conference kicker. After graduating, he signed and had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos. He then pursued a career in teaching and retired in 2008.
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.