Mercer Island Islanders senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson wants to see his team bring home a 3A state football championship this December. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Mercer Island Islanders senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson wants to see his team bring home a 3A state football championship this December. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Johnson is a big-play threat for the Islanders

Islanders are undefeated on the gridiron.

The Mercer Island Islanders football team certainly isn’t resting on their laurels or reading their press clippings.

The Islanders, who have started the 2018 season with four consecutive victories against Mountlake Terrace, Issaquah, Newport and Burlington-Edison, know they still have plenty of room for improvement. Islanders senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson knows things will get tougher as the season progresses.

“It feels awesome (to be undefeated) but we haven’t beat anybody yet. The weight of our schedule is ahead of us. We are just going to keep working hard because we have a lot to work on. We’re not where we are supposed to be yet,” Johnson said. “Nobody believes we have done anything yet just like we believe we haven’t done anything yet.”

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 170-pound outside receiver is huge fan of Islanders starting quarterback Clay Dippold. Dippold, who is in his first season as the starting signal caller, is an accurate left-handed passer.

“He has really great field vision, which is nice and he is also very smart,” Johnson said of Dippold.

Johnson wants to see the Islanders bring home a state championship trophy to the island this December.

“We want to be state champions. Nobody has ever won a state championship here in football,” he said.

Johnson’s favorite part of football is making receptions when the ball is at its highest point.

“With my height, it is definitely a big advantage on the outside, being able to go up and get those deep balls,” Johnson said.

Recently the Mercer Island Reporter had an opportunity to ask Johnson a few questions about his life away from the football field.

Mercer Island Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Hunter Johnson: “Star Wars Episode V.” That is obviously the best one of the series to me.

MIR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

HJ: When people say “like” all the time. For some reason it just ticks me off.

MIR: What is your favorite restaurant on Mercer Island?

HJ: Gourmet Teriyaki. I like teriyaki a lot.

MIR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with who would it be?

HJ: Robert Downey Jr. He is the main character in “Iron Man” movie. “Iron Man” is awesome.

MIR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?

HJ: The Oregon State Beavers football team. My parents went to college there.

MIR: What is the last movie you saw in the theater?

HJ: I saw “Slender Man.”

MIR: What is your favorite hobby away from football?

HJ: Probably playing Xbox.


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