Shontrelle Johnson once torched Sam Richardson’s Florida high school team


Oct 20, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Shontrelle Johnson (21) runs for yardage against Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Shamiel Gary (7) during the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

One reason that the Iowa State Cyclones have done a better job at recruiting is Paul Rhoads’ ability to bring in players from Florida. Shontrelle Johnson and Sam Richardson share that trait, and they even were familiar with themselves before meeting each other in Ames.

Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register caught up with Richardson, profiling the Cyclones’ new star at quarterback that will try to build on his efforts late last season. In the discussion, among learning some interesting facts that Richardson is a good golfer and wanted to play in Major League Soccer growing up, he detailed a high school playoff game.

"“The game was played in monsoon-like conditions,” Richardson said. “It was like playing in a mud bowl — Shontrelle Johnson lit us up for 260 yards on the ground.”Yes, that Shontrelle Johnson.“We called it the Mud City Bowl,” said Johnson, an Iowa State running back.“I’ve always told Sam that the weather played to our advantage in that game. If the weather hadn’t been so bad, he would have done a whole lot of damage in the air.”"

It really is a small world, but I know I can speak for all Cyclones fans when saying that I hope Johnson can go off for another 260 yards in one of these upcoming games.

If the game day forecast is scheduled for rain, better get those cameras ready.