Penn Wood’s Johnson preparing for leadership role

Posted on July 12, 2019 in Newspaper.

All-Delco quarterback Desman Johnson of Penn Wood is preparing for the challenges he will face as a senior. Photo by Pete Bannan, Medianews Group

By Matt Smith

Desman Johnson is well-aware of the expectations that come with being the county’s single-season passing champion.

The rising senior from Penn Wood is arguably Delco’s top football talent. Set to begin his third full season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, the 6-2, 245-pounder has attended college camps at Boston College, Virginia and Syracuse. 

Johnson’s talent is undeniable. He’s a quarterback trapped in a linebacker’s body, which makes him a viable commodity, a freight train who can shake off tackles with a flick of a hand. He features a cannon of a right arm, which he has used to throw for 60 touchdown passes in his All-Delco career.

Despite the many plaudits and accomplishments on the field, Johnson realizes that his final season at Penn Wood could be his most challenging. After winning back-to-back Del Val League championships, the Patriots this summer are looking to replace 22 seniors, including 2018 Daily Times Player of the Year Kennedy Poles, who shattered season and career receiving records while catching balls from Johnson.

This is Johnson’s team now. Every defense that he sees this year will be focused on stopping him.

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