Souhegan receiver eyes big season

As far as scares go, this one was minor. Souhegan High wide receiver Trey Johnson saw his training schedule slowed a couple weeks by a knee hyper-extension.

“It’s fine, maybe a week or two,” said Johnson as he watched the Sabers compete without him at the recent Northeast 7-on-7 Tournament at Exeter.

Simply put, coming off of his amazing junior campaign, Johnson isn’t about to be slowed down. He’s pouring in the foundation of work this summer, expecting to reap hefty dividends as a senior this fall for the Sabers.

“I’ve been mostly football. I try and shoot hoops whenever I can but most of my time is lifting and getting prepared for football,” he said.

“Obviously, the goal is to win the state championship. We’re going to make a really good run at it. We have a lot of good returning players, and the bond we’ll build, how the team is going to form together should really help us.

“I want to be unguardable, try to win all my one-on-one matches and be a team leader for the young receivers and young cornerbacks.”

An All-Division II South choice as a junior receiver, Johnson is as good as it gets coming back this fall around the Granite State.

After playing such a major role the past two years, he understands what’s at stake as a senior.

This is most likely the last year of his life that he’ll compete in multiple sports.

Also, he’s been with his classmates for a long time on the football field.

“I’m probably just playing football in college, and it’s kind of sad this is my last year here,” Johnson said. “I’m definitely going to savor each moment.”

The first priority, though, is building a rapport with the new Sougegan signal-caller.

Both juniors Luke Manning and Austin Jain are just beginning the battle to replace graduate John Lohnes.

“Building relationships with the quarterback is very important for receivers,” said Johnson. “It’s going to be good. Luke has a cannon for an arm. He can really sling it deep. AJ also has a really good arm, too. I think it’s going to be fun to watch.”