Parker Johnson’s growing legend at quarterback didn’t start on his first day of Cascade Christian football practice as a ninth grader.
It began in youth flag football.
As a third grader, Johnson was the gun-slinger in a Metro Parks league, passing for touchdowns at will.
“He was good,” said Keith Johnson, his father. “He was really the only one in the league who could throw a football that way.”
Now, Parker Johnson is one of the best senior signal callers in the state. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound dual threat has 1,329 yards and nine passing touchdowns, and 184 rushing yards and four scores in four games.
The Yale University commit registered back-to-back 400-yard passing efforts for the Class 1A Cougars against a pair of 2A SPSL programs, including a school-record 454 yards in a 38-35 victory over Eatonville.
“He can throw a football 70 yards, and that is impressive,” Cascade Christian coach Devin Snyder said. “But I’ve never seen a high school quarterback throw a 20-yard out (pattern) from the opposite hash like he can. That is an NFL throw, and he can do it over and over and over again with ease.”