OLYMPIA - The undefeated class 4A Olympia High School Bears football team has the son of a former Naselle resident as one of its starting tackles. Matt Johnson, a senior tackle on the Olympia squad, is the son of Danny Johnson, a former Naselle Comet.
The elder Johnson has been one of Naselle's most consistent out-of-town rooters, attending many of the Comets regular season and tournament games that are scheduled in Grays Harbor and Lewis County towns.
The Olympia team was sporting an 11-0 record, along with the Narrows League title, as they went into last Friday night's game at Bothell. Dan Johnson explained that game would be a real challenge as Olympia was playing on Bothell's home field where Bothell pounded first-ranked Bethel 31-0 in their tournament first-round game. In their preliminary game a week earlier, Bothell thumped Capital 35-14.
The Olympia team earned its berth in the quarter finals with a 44-7 win over Mountain View, a Southwest District team, in a tournament first round game. A week earlier, they beat up on Battle Ground, another Southwest District team, by a 35-7 score.
The Bears held on to beat the Bothell Cougars 20-13 in Friday's game, in what many considered to be an upset and now move on to the semifinals, Thanksgiving weekend in the Tacoma Dome. The 12-0 Bears, in the semifinals for the first time since their state championship year of 1984, will play the 10-2 Ballard Beavers, in the semis for the first time. Ballard beat Lincoln 36-29 to advance in the playoffs.
According to Dan Johnson, his son Matt will probably conclude his football playing days with this year's Olympia team. He said that Matt's current plans are to enroll in South Puget Sound Community College for two years and then transfer to Washington State University.