The town of Newton in east Texas is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of its head football coach W.T. Johnston who led his program to back-to-back high school football state championships while battling chronic lung disease and blindness. Johnston passed away Saturday night.
going to miss you Coach, you taught me things throughout life and I know many others you’ve touched. It hurts knowing your gone , but I know you would want us to be strong and and continuing work hard . Thanks Coach . I know you will be watching your Eagles from Heaven. pic.twitter.com/pTsQkxxGNs— Newton Eagles (@NewtonEaglesTx) May 12, 2019
In December, Newton won its second straight state championship beating Canadian. After the game, Johnston gave an emotional post game interview.
This is one of the most powerful postgame messages you'll ever hear.— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) December 21, 2018
Newton Eagles Head Coach W.T. Johnston puts sports in perspective after claiming a Texas High School Football State Championship. #UILonFOX | #TXHSFB | @uiltexas pic.twitter.com/Ozp65AmrHR
In eight years as the school’s head coach, Johnston led his team to a record of 97-15. Last December,