Laurel's Dontrell Pruitt awarded Player of the Week honors

LAUREL, MS (WDAM)- Laurel High's senior quarterback Dontrell Pruitt has his offense flying high. On Friday, he helped lead his team to a 37-20 win over West Jones, which hadn't lost a regular season game in over two years.

Against the Mustangs, Pruitt scored a total of four time; twice through the air and twice on the ground. Completing 14 of 24 passes, the dual-threat signal-caller passed for 288 yards, but in senior-fashion, credits his teammates for the accomplishment.

"I only did that because of the teammates I have," said Pruitt. It wasn't only against the Mustangs. Pruitt and his teammates are averaging 37 points a game through their first three, and their first three wins have come with relative ease.

They first won at South Jones 48-7, then reclaimed the Little Brown Jug for the first time in four years at home 26-6 before winning at West Jones. Laurel head coach Milton Smith gives a lot of credit to his senior gun-slinger, but feels it's his skills combined with his experience that makes him dangerous.

"The thing about him, he can control the offense, and control the flow of the game, and he can kind of look at his receivers and know what's going to happen," said Smith, "He's been with us as a trigger man for the last 3 years. It's good to have somebody back there that you can trust and that's been through the system."

"It feels great to be appreciated," Pruitt said, "and to know that people understand that you are trying to be a leader and trying to lead your team to a ultimate goal, which is a state championship."

Pruitt's tornadoes came awful close last season, losing in double-overtime in the state playoffs, but he may not have to wait long to once again experience a playoff-like atmosphere. The Laurel tornadoes host another offensive juggernaut when they welcome the Oak Grove Warriors on Friday.

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