For PCS, the time is now.
“We open up with West Marion two weeks from tomorrow, so it’s here,” says head football coach Joey Hawkins.
“Oh yeah, it’s here,” says senior running back Isaiah Woullard. “So no looking back.”
Last year the Bobcats made history by not only hosting a playoff game, but knocking off Jackson Academy for the first time ever.
And they had so much fun doing it, they did it again in that same postseason triumph.
Now, they’re looking to up the ante in 2016.
“Repeat, just do it all over again,” says Woullard.
“Last year was a big year for us,” says senior quarterback Luke Hudson. “We beat JA for the first time in history, and this year we’re looking to do it again and beat another Jackson school and just take it to a whole nother level.”
Reaching that next level potential falls squarely on the shoulders of one of the top players in the entire state.
“Of course we’ve got Isaiah, best running back out there,” says Hudson.
Last season Woullard, a WHLT Player of the Week alum from 2015, went off for more than 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns.
He’s already the school’s all-time leading rusher, so it’s pretty safe to say the Bobcats will go as far as he can take them.”
“Everything I’ve got, you know? Last year, so I’m going to go out with a bang,” says Woullard.
“Everybody is going to be ganging up on him, but we’re still hard-headed,” says Hawkins. “You put eight in the box, we’ll still try to ram it.”
“Before he even gets the ball he’s already looking to where he’s going to go,” says Hudson. “He knows exactly what’s going to happen, he’s just always prepared.”
“He’s one of the best running backs in the state, I wouldn’t trade him for anybody,” says Hawkins. “He’s just the gutsiest, best kid in the world and he means so much. He doesn’t care about him, he just cares about our team. He pushes everybody on our team. I wouldn’t trade him, I wouldn’t trade him for anybody.”
“Well, we just want to play every down at our best level,” says Hawkins. “We want to perform at the highest level we can, and if we do that the wins will take care of themselves.”
The Bobcats went 6-7 last season.
They kick off 2016 at West Marion on Thursday, Aug. 18.