Then he proved he can carry the load, too, lugging the ball 29 times for 188 yards and two scores in a 32-29 victory over neighboring rival Bluefield. His efforts included a 68-yard TD burst.
And while he may have given the boot to soccer, Sho-Johnson still gets his kicks. He's drilled 11 extra points for the Tigers, one of his many duties in addition to carrying the ball. He also plays cornerback and punts.
"He's played two complete games already,'' Peek said, "and he's involved in everything - corner, special teams, plus play on offense. He gets most of the load. The other night [against Bluefield] he kept pounding and pounding and all of a sudden, he breaks one 68 yards. Once he gets in the open, he's got a little speed.
"He tweaked his ankle a little bit this year, but he's 100 percent ready to go.''
Sho-Johnson has certainly caught the eye of Capital coach Jon Carpenter and his staff.
"He gets your attention real quick on film,'' Carpenter said. "He's fast. I guess it was his freshman year that everybody told us how good he was - and he is that. Our guys know we have to stop him to have a chance to win.''
With one less full-time sport to tax his body, Sho-Johnson expects to keep up the pace.
"It's much better this year,'' he said of his physical well-being. "I can do more stuff and help my team out just focusing on the game of football than soccer. They want me to take a lot more carries, and I can take them.''
Sho-Johnson, who was known as Tahj Johnson until the ninth grade, added the extra word in his surname to honor his grandmother. Now he would like to take his name and his game to the next level.
"I figure if I get the chance, I might try football in college,'' he said.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.