Cardinal Athlete Profile, presented by Quality Toyota of Fergus Falls: Kelly Johnson | Cardinal sports


(undated) — Volume eight of the Quality Toyota/Alexandria Cardinal Athlete Profile interview series on KXRA Radio for the 2022-23 school year features a recent conversation with Kelly Johnson senior of the Alexandria football team Cardinal.

Senior Kelly Johnson was nominated to be a guest on the Cardinal Athlete Profile interview series on KXRA by his head coach, Mike Drain. Kelly served admirably as captain and two-way starter for the Cardinal of Alexandria Soccer crew.

The conversation Kelly recorded with KXRA’s athletic director Dave McClurg was recorded less than two weeks after the end of the regular season. Alexandria concluded their 2022 campaign after a defeat at Moorhead in the semi-finals of the Section 8AAAAA tournament. Kelly admitted the sting of losing a tight playoff game at Moorhead, when Alexandria were able to come back from a 28-6 deficit to level the game in the second half before succumbing. He noted to D-Mac that the way the team was able to hang on to the Spuds and fight back was a trait of this team….he and his teammates facing adversity but continuing to s walk away and never give up.

Kelly explained which side of the ball he prefers to play on. He was the 2022 Alexandria Cardinals’ leading receiver, but also played as a defensive back. While his coaches recognized his talent, durability and work ethic, Kelly also touched the ball returning on kickoffs and punts. In the regular season game at Moorhead on September 23, he started the scoring by returning a 37-yard punt for a touchdown.

In addition to competing during the fall season on the grill, Kelly is also active with the Cardinal of Alexandria Struggle and boys athletics teams. He answered a question which of the three sports he prefers to play.

Kelly will be a major part of the lineup starting in December on the wrestling mat. He thinks the Cardinals can be a team to watch when the Section 8AA Tag Team Wrestling Tournament rolls around in mid-February. Before the conversation with D-Mac ended, Kelly also opened up about the events he likes to attend during the spring season.

Turn on the audio above to hear the conversation on Kelly Johnson’s Cardinal Athlete Profile airing on KXRA the morning of Saturday, November 12. The interview lasts just over seven minutes.

Each varsity team at Alexandria Area High School will be highlighted once in the season for the Cardinal Quality Athlete Profile. The conversations typically air between 9:45 and 10 a.m. Saturday after KXRA’s “Home Grown” radio show, hosted by Robin Trott. The Quality Toyota/Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile programs air on KXRA Saturdays through the 2022-23 school year.

The Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile is sponsored during the 2022-23 school year on 1490 AM/100.3 and 105.7 FM, KXRA by Fergus Falls Quality Toyota. How far would you drive for a bargain from Quality Toyota…what’s your number?


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