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Bozeman's Drew Johnson 'releases the Kraken' to find success

Bozeman's Drew Johnson 'releases the Kraken' to find success
Posted at 3:34 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 17:33:59-04

BOZEMAN — On Tuesday, Bozeman junior Drew Johnson scored six goals against Belgrade to tie a Montana boys soccer record, according to the Montana High School Association record books.

“The comparison I use is Clash of the Titans -- the old one, where Zeus releases the Kraken,” said Hawks head coach Hunter Terry.

That’s the analogy Terry uses when Johnson unleashes himself on the opponent.

“He is a hard-working player," he said. "You always know what you're going to get from Drew. He’s always on the hunt for goals, super aggressive, really aggressive off the ball.”

Johnson was just playing his game, not worried about any sort of record.

“I had no idea of the record,” he said.

His focus was on making sure his team picked up the win.

“I was also looking to incorporate the team, too," Johnson said. "It wasn't just me score goals. It’s nice to score, but it’s better that we were winning.”

Terry has been trying to get the junior to play more aggressively and score more goals, because Johnson is more focused on being a team player and making his teammates the best they can be.

“He wants to be a team player, he wants to see all that stuff through, so some of the things we talked about, being a team player also means identifying what your role is, and your role now is to be a little bit more selfish,” said Terry.

Now with his role being identified of being more selfish, Johnson did what he does best, "released the Kraken," which resulted in him almost breaking a state record. But neither he nor his coach knew that he was so close, which resulted in Johnson coming off the field with the big lead.

“To be quite honest with you, Drew did what he does best -- scores goals," Terry said. "I didn’t even think about six goals and I feel awful. Like I said, I wouldn't have changed anything. I don’t think he would have appreciated me -- in fact, I know Drew and you guys probably got that impression when you talked to him -- he absolutely would have been offended if I made a decision so he could get some kind of record.”