• John Macon Gillespie

Keon Howard Will Miss The Bricks

In the fall of 2012, Laurel Head Coach, Todd Breland turned to freshman Keon Howard and let him know that he would be starting at quarterback for the Tornadoes. The young Howard, said he honestly thought his coach was joking. It wasn't a joke and the rest is history.

Four seasons, 12,903 total yards of offense, 149 total touchdowns, a Dandy Dozen selection, an SES Elite 10 selection, 41 wins and one 5A State Championship later, Howard's legendary career as a Laurel Tornado has ended.

Looking back on it all, Howard says he has no regrets on how he spent his time as the Laurel QB.

"I honestly feel like I prepared myself daily to be a great leader,and to put my team in the best position to win day in and day out," Howard told SES Mississippi.

The record setting quarterback says that more big things are coming for his Laurel Tornadoes as long as they keep putting in the work. "Preparation is the key to a successfully season," Howard said.

Laurel High School has one of the coolest stadiums in the South. It is historic. The first football game played under the lights in Mississippi was played there. The seating is made up of red bricks, hence the name 'Between the Bricks'. Kids grow up dreaming of the day they get to suit up and take the field as a Tornado.

Howard got to run the offense there for four years. That is rare no matter where you lace up your cleats. It will likely be a long time before someone does that again. He recognizes what it meant to be able to do what he did.

As for what he will miss about playing football for Laurel? "Just being around the locker room being able to run 'Between the Bricks," Howard expressed.

This coming fall, he will not be very far away. In fact, he will only be about 30 miles down I-59 suiting up for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Will he still come around his old stomping grounds? "Yes, once a Tornado always a Tornado."

Keon Howard says he will miss the 'Bricks' but you can bet that the 'Bricks' are going to miss him just as much.

#WebbLewis #Laurel

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