LSU commit Walker Howard is having fun, and scoring lots of touchdowns
Walker Howard couldn't stop smiling after St. Thomas More defeated division foe Carencro on Friday night.
The junior starting quarterback had three touchdowns for the Cougars in their 37-22 win, helping the team remain undefeated and at the top of the division. Even better, he got to do it all with his best friends by his side.
"It was awesome," Howard said after the game, laughing as he watched his teammates continue to celebrate around him.
For Howard, who committed to LSU last summer, his success this season has been years in the making. He waited patiently for his chance to start, biding time as Caleb Holstein held down the role. With Holstein now graduated and playing for Louisiana Tech, Howard was finally given the reins to the offense.
"The wait was worth it," he said. "That's for sure. I learned a lot from Caleb. He did a great job. It's fun, that's for sure."
He hasn't wasted his chance. Howard threw for 303 yards and had threw touchdowns on Friday night. His overalls stats this season speak for themselves: he's passed for 1,930 yards and 31 touchdowns through seven games.
Jack Bech, Howards' childhood best friend, has been one of his top targets. Bech had eight receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown on Friday.
"We've been working since we were little," Howard said. "We've been best friends forever."
Howards' father and Bech's uncle played together at LSU. Bech recently switched his committed from Vanderbilt to LSU, and now the two will get to make their own memories together at Tiger Stadium.
"It's awesome," Howard said. "I can't wait."
It hasn't all been fun times for Howard. He had coronavirus over the summer, and was off the field for a few weeks. During quarantine, Howard and his teammates weren't allowed to practice at St. Thomas More. So they snuck around, he said, going to other locations just so he could throw the ball.
"Quarantine was rough," he said. "We still had to get to work. It's showing out right now, that's for sure."
As cases in the area rise, St. Thomas More has decided to switch to virtual learning starting on Monday. The football schedule remains in tact, for now.
There is one week left of the regular season, and then the Cougars will begin the playoffs as the likely top seed in the 4A division. Howard plans on waking up Saturday for a leg workout, then he'll watch some film. He wants to keep improving, and finding reasons to celebrate.
"I'm having fun," he said. "We've got a state championship to win now."