Laurel QB Keon Howard named Academy's Player of the Week

Keon Howard accounted for all three of Laurel's offensive scores (two passing, one rushing TD) Friday night in the team's 27-15 win against Region 3-5A opponent Brookhaven, but the junior QB said he couldn't have done it without the help of his teammates.

"First, thanks to my offensive line for playing one good game and for blocking for me so I could be able to make the reads and throws that I made," said Howard.

Laurel head coach Todd Breland said, "we understand it's a team award and we'd like to thank Academy Sports for providing this award, but it's a team thing."

"Our defense has been our best friend lately. Of course, offensively [Keon] has weapons around him and a great line to protect him."

Senior wide receiver Omar Bayless caught Howard's first touchdown pass of the night and the Golden Tornado signal caller said Bayless is just one of many threats at his disposal.

"Wide receivers like him and Octavious (Cooley) and TyQuan (Ulmer) and Dontario Drummond, we just got trust in all our receivers," said Howard. "You throw the ball up, either one is going to get the ball, it's just a give and take moment."

Breland added that Howard is cementing his place in Laurel football history.

"We've had some great quarterbacks here, but each one of them are their own individuals and some of them have gone on to do great things. [Keon is] making his mark in history at this moment."

Howard also recognized the quarterbacks before him.

"Dontrelle (Pruitt) and Akeem (Davis) played under my daddy, so we all came under him and we all know what to expect as being the quarterback and how to lead."

Breland said he's just happy to have another great player to lead his team on the gridiron.

"He's doing what we expect out of him and he expects it out of himself and it's just fun going out every Friday night with players like that on the field."