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PNG’s All-American: Johnson presented jersey for Under Armour game

Roschon Johnson, Under Armour All-American

PNG quarterback Roschon Johnson sits behind Under Armour All-America Game helmets before his jersey reveal assembly at the school Tuesday. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

PNG quarterback Roschon Johnson puts on his Under Armour All-America Game jersey as PNG coach Brandon Faircloth looks on Tuesday during a school assembly. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

PNG quarterback Roschon Johnson speaks during his Under Armour All-America jersey reveal assembly at school Tuesday. Sitting to the right is PNG coach Brandon Faircloth. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Under Armour All-America Game helmets are on display during Roschon Johnson’s jersey reveal Tuesday at PNG. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Back of Roschon Johnson’s jersey for the Jan. 3 Under Armour All-America game. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

PNG quarterback Roschon Johnson’s jersey for the Jan. 3 Under Armour All-America Game. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Ronald and Schwanna Johnson, parents of PNG quarterback Roschon Johnson (seated), hold a “Dream Champion Award” presented by American Family Insurance during Johnson’s jersey reveal for the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 3. (I.C. Murrell/The News) CORRECTED 12/27/18

PORT NECHES — Brandon Faircloth has coached U.S. national football teams. He’s been around some of the nation’s best high school quarterbacks. He coached on the staff of the same team Matthew Stafford led to a state championship.

Port Neches-Groves’ Roschon Johnson, Faircloth believes, tops them all.

“I will be biased, but he is definitely the best quarterback I ever coached,” the 10th-year Indians head coach said. “I’ve never seen anyone go attack their goals and dreams like he has.”

A ceremony to reveal Johnson’s jersey for the Jan. 3 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida’s Camping World Stadium (formerly Citrus Bowl stadium) was held Tuesday at PNG High School. ESPN2 will broadcast the game.

Johnson said it’s hard for him to fathom being an All-American, although he found out during a Future 50 camp last year ESPN Recruiting picked him and others for the game.

“It’s really surreal to be considered to be an All-American,” Johnson said. “It’s a blessing just to be here.”

Johnson is the second Under Armour All-American from Jefferson County in three years. Memorial alumnus Kary Vincent Jr. played in the 2017 game and is now a sophomore cornerback at LSU.

The assembly was one of 80 stops on a tour that American Family Insurance, a presenting sponsor of the game, has organized to present each selectee a game jersey.

“It’s a great day of hard work paying off and dreams coming true,” Faircloth said. “I’m very happy for him and his family.”

The honor is fitting for the two-time District 22-5A and The News Super Team MVP, who has been committed to the University of Texas since the summer of 2017. Johnson also took part in prestigious football camps including the Future 50, Nike’s The Opening and Elite 11 Finals.

“The camps have really provided me with an experience that some people don’t get,” Johnson said. “It’s really opened my eyes toward the competition that’s out there.”

His passing accuracy this season — 72 of 90 (80 percent) for 881 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions — and his 539 rushing yards for 11 more touchdowns also befit All-America status, but it’s his ability to be involved in almost every touchdown that may be turning more heads this season.

Johnson ran for four of five PNG touchdowns, including a go-ahead 3-yard tote with 1:28 left, in a 38-32 win against Vidor on Oct. 5. Johnson passed for the other TD, ran three times for a two-point conversion and threw another to Peyton Proenza.

On Oct. 12 at Crosby, Johnson had a hand in all but five of the Indians’ six offensive touchdowns, including a pass to Proenza from 13 yards out with 3 seconds remaining followed by another rushing conversion in a 48-45 win.

“I feel honored, actually,” Proenza said. “Catching touchdowns from him is just an honor. He’s going to be playing at the University of Texas.”

Johnson’s play has left Faircloth feeling blessed to coach him.

“Roschon’s blessed,” Faircloth said. “He has great teammates, and he’ll be the first to tell you, it’s not just him.”

I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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