Sophomore getting interest from colleges

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Havelock’s Keion Joyner, right, tackles Northside’s Autray Taylor, forcing a fumble during last week’s game at Havelock High. Joyner has emerged as one of the leaders on a defense that has given up just three offensive touchdowns in five games.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM.

In just five games, Havelock’s Keion Joyner has gone from young sophomore starter to a top college prospect.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound linebacker has emerged as a star on a Havelock defense that has been shining brightly all season.

Joyner is leading the Rams in tackles this season, averaging seven per game. He also has an interception, two forced fumbles and two quarterback sacks.

“He’s a heck of a football player,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “He’s got all these college scholarship offers, and it’s not because he’s not a good football player.

“He’s bought in. Last spring, we had a little come-to-Jesus meeting, and since then, he’s turned the corner and done everything we have asked him to do, in the weight room and in the offseason. He’s doing a great job, and I’m happy for him.”

Against Northside, Joyner was part of a defensive effort that limited the Monarchs to 91 total yards, including 60 yards rushing on 40 attempts for an average of 1.5 yards per attempt.

“We had some minor mishaps, but other than that, we did a good job,” Joyner said. “We could have capitalized a bit more.”

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