Two bowlers from Generation Next both found perfection on the lanes within a few days of each other, following a family tradition.

Shane Taylor rolled his first career 300 a couple of Fridays ago during the American Legion league at Landmark Lanes.

Four days later, Jordan Johnson bowled his first career trey in the Peoria Square & Compass league at Mt. Hawley Bowl.

He did it exactly a week after his father, Peoria association Hall of Fame member Rob Johnson, had bowled his 14th trey in the same league.

"There was some added pressure, knowing my dad had just rolled one, and living up to his name," said the younger Jordan, whose previous high game was 299. "The first shot (in the 10th frame) wasn’t too bad, but I threw a good second shot and missed pretty bad (to the right). Having it carry added a lot of pressure on the 12th.

"I really couldn’t feel my legs or arm (on the 12th shot). I just trusted my dad when he said always to move two (boards) left on your 12th shot. That was the first time I actually did it, and it worked."

Johnson, 24, opened the night with 178 and 224 and finished with a 702 — a little better than his dad’s 690.

But Rob Johnson was probably more nervous than his son, as evidenced by a shaky video he posted on Facebook of Jordan’s final three strikes.

"Yes, I was nervous, and, yes, very glad to see it," Rob Johnson said. "He had worked hard on his game. I won’t lie ... I had tears."

While Jordan Johnson needs 13 more 300s to catch his father, Shane Taylor’s task is a little more daunting.

His father, Sammy Taylor Jr., has around 40 treys, and his uncle, Steve Taylor, is approaching 100 perfect games.

"There was not so much extra pressure, just more of it starting to feel like I was never going to shoot one," said Shane Taylor, who had rolled three 299 games. "I kept getting snake bitten and couldn’t finish one.

"But with school being more important, and with work and such, I really hadn’t practiced a ton since the summer, when I had a ton of free time. So I think it maybe helped not worrying about trying to be perfect all the time."

Taylor, 22, has only been bowling for a couple of years after moving to the area to go to Eureka College. He also works part time in the sports department at the Peoria Journal Star.

"I played basketball in high school, and really only took bowling seriously once I moved down to the area and saw my dad and uncle bowling," he said.

Taylor said he never got nervous bowling the final frame of the 300.

"The ball tonight out of my hand was the best I’ve ever thrown it," he said. "The 12th ball was pure ... the best one of the night, easy."

Taylor added games of 234 and 254 for a 788 series, but neither his dad nor his uncle was there to see the trey.

"I was a little upset that my dad wasn’t there, because I have had two 299s that he has seen," Taylor said. "And, of course, the night he wasn’t there, I finally finish one."

There are more than five bowlers on the team’s roster, and it was Sammy Taylor Jr.’s turn to sit out a week.

Maybe he will get to see the next one.

MASTERS UPDATE: While Steve Taylor doesn’t have his family’s high game this month, he posted the first 800 series of the season in the Bill Mastronardi/Striketown Bowl Masters league last Monday night at Sunset Lanes.

Taylor had games of 259, 263 and 279 for an 801 set for WingStop. That helped his team beat Aramark 30-20.

WOMEN’S CITY: The second annual Peoria River City Women’s Handicap Tournament will be held at Mt. Hawley Bowl the weekends of Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Squad times are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.