Featured Player of the Season – Sun Valley QB Sam Howell

Spartans QB Sam Howell. (Photo provided by Union County Public Schools Athletics)

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Sun Valley QB Sam Howell.
Sam Howell in action.

Sam Howell completed his tremendous high school career with a loss in the playoffs in Asheville against A.C. Reynolds 22-14.  However, even under poor weather conditions which hampered his ability to become a major factor in the passing attack, he rushed for 161 yards and scored a touchdown in the game.

His career statistics are simply outstanding.  He played in 49 football games prior to Friday night and accumulated 13,335 passing yards, an average of 272.6 yards per game, 145 touchdowns, averaged 16.7 yards per pass, completed 800/1343 passes for a .596 completion percentage with an overall QB rating of 116.8.

During his senior season he completed 174/281 attempts for 3180 yards for a .619 completion rate.  He averaged 18.3 yards per pass completed, 265 yards per game, 35 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions with a QB rating of 131.5.

As a runner his rushing numbers are great, he accumulated 3460 yards in the ground game on 525 carries for a 6.6 average per carry, averaged 70.6 yards per game and 60 touchdowns in his career.  During this senior season he rushed for 1231 yards on 143 carries for an 8.6 average per carry, with five games over 100 yards gained and 16 touchdowns.  Therefore, as a double threat he is a player every defense must focus on stopping or at least contain one aspect of his game to be successful.

Howell sits alone on top of the all time leaders with 17,036 yards of total offense not including this Friday night game where he rushed for 161 yards.  His passing yardage and touchdowns rank him first all-time among Union County quarterbacks and second and third in state history.

In four seasons, Howell accounted for 205 touchdowns, this places him third in state history behind Independence Patriots Chris Leak with 216 and current Tar Heel quarterback Chazz Surratt with 229.

Howell has committed to Florida State University after graduation as he continues with his collegiate career in a Seminole uniform.

Congratulations Sam Howell on an outstanding career and senior season!

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