Solidifying himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the Commonwealth during his senior season, Daviess County’s Joe Humphreys is The Owensboro Times 2021 Offensive Player of the Year.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Humphreys said. “There are a number of great players in this city that are deserving of this award but I am grateful to be named OPOTY. I couldn’t have done what I have done this year without a tremendous line upfront and the best group of receivers in the city.”
Humphreys was a menace to opposing defenses all year long, averaging 303.1 passing yards per game, 46.2 rushing yards per game and five touchdowns per game (3.7 passing, 1.3 rushing). With a 67% completion rate Humphreys has thrown for 48 touchdowns while rushing for 17 touchdowns.
“I felt that I had a pretty successful year in my eyes,” Humphreys said. “There were a number of things that me and Coach O had worked on and talked about this past summer that showed up in games multiple times this year. As far as personal records/achievements, it is always nice to be recognized for the work you have put in and to see it start to show itself but I am mostly proud of this team and the way we grew together these past six-plus months.”
This season, the star quarterback helped lead the Panthers to an 11-2 overall record and the third district championship in program history. Humphreys credits the program he’s helped find so much success for making him the player that he is today.
“I’d say the culture of our football team since I got to DCHS,” Humphreys said. “Our coaches set high standards for us from the beginning. As a senior class, we worked and worked and worked and after a while things like that turn into a routine. Coach Brannon and the rest of the staff have done a tremendous job of changing the culture of the program since they’ve taken over.”
Humphreys is extremely thankful for his time with Daviess County, saying that he’ll always remember winning the district this season and all the memories he’s made with his teammates.
“Winning a district championship is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to that,” Humphreys said. “The little things like going to practice, morning practices, bud rides, senior dinners every Thursday night are just a few of the things that all of us will look back at someday remembering our historic season.”
All in all, Humphreys said without his teammates and coaches, there’s no way he could’ve achieved all that he has with the Panthers and can’t thank them enought.
“I am extremely blessed and thankful for all of my coaches and teammates that have been with me the past four years,” Humphreys said. “In my opinion our offensive line was very overlooked this year. Losing two of arguably the best tackles in the city a season ago, and Preston Crosley and Brandon Shepherd stepped in this season along with Myles Miller and Braden Boling. I was very fortunate to have a receiving core like I had. They made play after play every game this year and ultimately made my job 10 times easier.”