Keytaon Thompson Earns Amateur Athlete of the Month Honor for December park
Landry-Walker star Keytaon Thompson has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for December after leading the Charging Buccaneers to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 5A championship. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Thompson guided Landry-Walker to its first-ever state championship, capturing the 5A state title with a 50-21 victory over perennial power West Monroe. In the state championship game on December 10, Thompson completed 16-of-27 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 23 times for 154 yards and a touchdown en route to being named the game's Most Valuable Player. In the state semifinal game at Destrehan on December 2, Thompson completed 15-of-24 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and rushed 13 times for 103 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-14 victory over the Wildcats.
Thompson was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and the Louisiana Sportswriters Player of the Year in 5A. He was also named Mr. Football in the state by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association and collected Most Valuable Player honors in the Greater New Orleans area from The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, WGSO 990 AM, WHNO TV 20, SportsNOLA.com and Friday Night Football (WGNO, WNOL TV). Thompson is now enrolled at Mississippi State on a football scholarship. He was coached by Emmanuel Powell.
Thompson's top competition came from UNO women's basketball star Randi Brown, who closed the month of December as the top scorer in the state's Division I ranks with 21.9 points a game. Her 45-point performance against Texas A&M Corpus Christi broke a 35-year old school record held by Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Sandra Hodge.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.