CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- From an early age, everybody knew Tahj Sho-Johnson was destined to be a pretty fair athlete.
As a mere freshman on Princeton's football team, Sho-Johnson burst onto the scene with 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 12 carries against Graham (Va.).
The following year, he strung together five straight 100-yard games for the Tigers, including back-to-back games against Capital and George Washington.
It seemed the only thing that could slow down the 5-foot-7, 170-pound dynamo was himself - or, more accurately, asking his body to do too much.
Sho-Johnson, who came to the United States at age 5 from West Africa, was also playing soccer, a season that parallels football in West Virginia at the high school level, and the bumps and bruises were piling up.
"He would play in a couple of soccer games a week,'' said Princeton football coach Randy Peek, "and it would take its toll. He'd be tired by Friday night. He would have those little injuries that just kept coming up. In three years, he probably hadn't played 10 [full] games [in football].''
Not only did he miss games entirely (three in a row early in his junior season), but Sho-Johnson would sit out chunks of others or be limited when he did play.
The reason his streak of 100-yard games came to an end in 2011? He sat out the St. Albans game with an injury.
"I was really [frustrated],'' Sho-Johnson said, "because I wanted to be on the football field with my team and helping them. I was getting hurt playing soccer and my body could not take it that much. I blame myself a little bit.''
So for his senior season, Sho-Johnson decided to focus on one sport - the one in which he thinks his future lies. Football. The results so far have borne out his decision.
Through two games, he's run for 397 yards and five touchdowns, helping the Tigers vault out of the gates with a 2-0 record heading into Friday's showdown against Capital at Laidley Field.
Sho-Johnson opened with 209 yards on the ground in a 69-0 conquest of Shady Spring, needing only six carries to gain that total. His three touchdowns covered 24, 25 and 71 yards.