The Evergreen High School homecoming game on Friday will have an added attraction this year: Mark Johnson.
While his name might not be recognizable to some, his voice is. Johnson, who will be the homecoming game announcer, is a celebrity of sorts — the play-by-play announcer for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He’s also sports director at KOA radio, and, more importantly, he’s the father of Evergreen’s No. 44, Nicolas Johnson.
“I’m glad I could work it out that I could announce the game,” Johnson said. “Of course, it will be extra special because my boy is on the team.”
Nicolas, a senior, is a running back and linebacker.
The homecoming game against the Conifer High School Lobos is a family affair for the Johnsons. Mark’s wife, Susan, is very active with the Evergreen football booster club, and she’s been part of the effort to get this game — dubbed the “Mountain Bowl” — in Evergreen.
Johnson is happy to see the game returning to Evergreen for the first time in 31 years.
“It will be such a great deal for the community and the businesses to have the game here,” Johnson said. He commended the booster club for its work to make the game a great event.
“I want to make sure we get a good crowd out there,” Johnson said. “It will help us build a case that we should have games (in the foothills) on a weekly basis. Having a true home game is special for the kids.”