LONGMONT — Before they officially kick off their 2018 football season on Aug. 30 on the road in Pueblo, the Longmont Trojans are doing something special right at home in Longmont.
On Saturday, the Trojans will host the Jet Bowl, a foundation game in honor of legendary local-area coach John "Jet" Johnson. The foundation game, or a preseason game in which the teams are allowed to keep score, will feature the Longmont Trojans and the Cherokee Trail Cougars and will be held in honor of John "Jet" Johnson, who passed away in 2010.
Longmont and Cherokee Trail are coached by Joe and Doug Johnson, respectively, who are John "Jet' Johnson's sons and grew up not far from Everly-Montgomery Stadium in Longmont where the game will be played. The game and surrounding festivities will also serve as fundraisers for both the Longmont and Cherokee Trail football programs.
"Joe and I have never wanted to play each other in a real game," Doug Johnson said. "It's too personal. This is a chance to honor our dad, who we both just adore and admire, and to have a game where we can help each other get better and celebrate our dad and our family at the same time."
A football player at the University of Northern Colorado, John "Jet" Johnson coached at Longmont before moving to nearby Lyons, where he built the football program to the point where the Lions won a pair of state titles under his guidance. The current stadium at Lyons Senior/Middle is named after him.
Last season, the Longmont Trojans went 9-4 and reached the Class 4A state semifinals. They will play back up at the 4A level this season. Cherokee Trail, 5A team, went 4-6 in 2017.
The Jet Bowl will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.