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Johnson twins headed to EWU; Oly’s Fennerty chooses Tulsa

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 19, 2006 at 8:01 pm with No Comments »
December 19, 2006 8:01 pm

With the exception of a few injuries, Matt and Zach Johnson have never played football without the other. And it was going to start in college.

Tumwater’s talented twin seniors will be taking their talents to Cheney this fall to play for Eastern Washington University.

"We visited there during the season," Matt Johnson said. "We watched a game and liked the campus. In the in-home visit we really liked the coaches. They had everything we said we wanted."

But the Eagles offered something more than what other schools like Washington State and Oregon State were offering — the chance to keep playing together.

"That had a lot to do with it," Zach Johnson said. "It looked like Washington State and Oregon State were going to only offer one of us. We knew it wouldn’t be both.

While it wasn’t a deal breaker, it certainly wasn’t ideal for the Johnsons.

"We waned to play together, but it wasn’t like we had to," Matt Johnson said. "But everyone around us knew it would be a lot better if we went together, and we thought so too."

Zach Johnson earned News Tribune All-Area honors on defense and was the MVP of the Evergreen Conference on offense, rushing for 1,918 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Despite playing in just five games due to injuries, Matt Johnson earned all-league honors at safety.

The twins helped lead Tumwater to an 11-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals.

The duo said they will likely play either safety or linebacker for the Eagles.

The Johnsons join Gig Harbor’s Toney Henderson, Timberline’s Bobby Barnes and Tahoma’s Chris Powers who have all committed to Eastern already.

Olympia High tight end Michael Fennerty also made an oral commitment this week, choosing to attend Tulsa over Missouri and Cincinnati.

Fennnerty, at 6-4, 210 pounds, was a News Tribune All-Area selection, and caught 30 balls for 500 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

"The coaches were all straight-forward and honest with me," Fennerty told, a Web site that follows University of Tulsa sports.

Ryan Divish, The News Tribune

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