The junior picked up where he left off as he completed 12 of 15 passes for 245 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Knights to a season-opening 38-23 victory over Whitefield Aug. 30.
Johnson threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Uter in the first quarter, and then completed his scoring trifecta in the second quarter with a 5-yard run and a 41-yard strike to Trevor Cefalu.
“He made a lot of big plays,” Pace coach Chris Slade said. “He was very poised in the pocket. He did a real good job of commanding the huddle and running the offense, especially with a whole new system and some new players. I thought he did a really good job controlling the offense and being a leader of the team.”
It is this kind of performance that has attracted a number of Division I programs to Johnson, with Boston College, South Carolina, William & Mary and Richmond among his top suitors.
“Kevin has a promising college career ahead of him,” Slade said. “He can make all the throws. He has a very strong arm. He’s very accurate. He’s not the fastest guy on the field, but he’s fast enough where he can make a lot of plays on his feet.”