SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – Turner Johnson is known as a four-sport standout at Salem, earning a new school record 14 varsity letters.
But he’s also known for his unmistakably long hair, which his dad Ron Johnson, the football coach, wasn’t always so fond of.
“Me, him and my mom kind of came up with the deal that we would cut it before every sports season,” Johnson said. “Just get it trimmed and stuff so it would look a little better for him.”
Long hair or not, Turner hasn’t let anything slow him down. He’s a three-time state qualifier on the track team, helping set a school record in the 4×400 meter relay as a sophomore. This season, Turner hopes to make it four for four by making it back to Columbus.
“I mean once you get there, you’re there, and we’d like to think we have a chance to compete in a couple events this year to maybe place and win, maybe even get a team state championship this year,” Turner said.
Turner’s best sport is football and he went out in style during his senior campaign. At quarterback, he shined as both a 1,000-yard passer and rusher for the Quakers. Not to mention, he was also an All-State defensive back.
“Definitely some of my most fond memories have been from this past season,” Turner said. “Just beating West Branch at West Branch for Week 10 was a pretty special memory for me.”
Off the field, Turner carries a 3.72 GPA and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Next year, he’s heading to YSU, where he’ll walk on to the football team and study physical therapy.
“I care about them a lot because I know that’s what will get me into what I want to do in life, and then getting into school and being able to play football at the next level too,” Turner said.