Howard took its passing game to another level Thursday night.
Courvoisier King threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Huskies breezed to a 38-17 victory over FPD at Mercer’s Five Star Stadium.
King, who has 499 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air in two games, also had his second touchdown run of the season as the Huskies improved to 2-0.
“Courvoisier is seeing the field really well," Howard head coach Barney Hester said. "He has a great release. Alphonso Stephens and Jerin Means had great games catching the ball. And JaQwun Stinson had a couple of runs to open things up.”
Like in its opener against Lamar County, Howard got off to a bit of a slow start. The Huskies trailed for much of the second quarter after FPD quarterback Will McCormick connected on a 14-yard scoring pass to Daniel Weaver.
Howard, however, took advantage of some big pass plays just before halftime and in the second half to open things up.
King connected with Stephens for two touchdown passes, upping Stephens’ touchdown total to four on the season. Their 43-yard connection with 1:40 to go in the first half put Howard up 14-7, and a 25-yarder midway through the third quarter to put the Huskies up 18.
They also connected on a 55-yard passing play on the second play of the second half, one that set up a 1-yard scoring run by King.
"Howard has a lot of weapons on their end, and they are a good football team," FPD head coach Greg Moore said. "I'm pleased with the way our kids kept playing all night. We're young and we're learning that sometimes you need to see some things to be shown to you so you can understand why what you're doing as a player is important."
Stephens finished with four catches for 132 yards, putting him above the 100-yard mark in both of Howard’s games this season.
King also had a 4-yard touchdown pass to Stinson in the first quarter and a 57-yard scoring toss to Means late in the third.
Stinson led Howard’s rushing game with 99 yards on 11 carries. Means had three catches for 120 yards.
"You know how boxers feel each other out: They feel a spot, and then they get after it," Hester said. "We did that early on. We realized what we were able to do, and we took advantage of it.
Like in its scrimmage two weeks ago against Central, FPD had trouble hanging onto the football at times against Howard. The Vikings had six fumbles, five in the first half, with two of those going for turnovers.
McCormick finished with 115 passing yards, while Armaun Smith ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (0-1).
"The score doesn't dictate altogether what we're trying to teach them right this minute," Moore said. "But we'll get back to work and be fine."