Newton coach W.T. Johnston became a high school football coaching legend, not just in Texas, but across the country, when he was able to guide his Newton Eagles to back-to-back undefeated state championships while battling for his life amid his own health issues. An interview after the 2018 State Championship on Fox Sports Southwest went viral across the nation and it told his story and his love for his program.

That only tells part of the story. Throughout his struggles, Johnston missed the 2015 season and returned for the 2016 season, not knowing how much time he has left. In the three seasons since his return, the Eagles have gone 43-1 winning their last 30 games. During his seven seasons as Newton’s head coach, Johnston has compiled a record of 89-10 while going 26-5 in the post-season.

Below is a clip of that interview to close out the 2018 state championship:

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