• John Macon Gillespie

Woullard To Leave Mark On Mississippi High School Football

The Presbyterian Christian School Bobcats are going through their spring practices just as most teams across Mississippi are doing. This spring is a little different for PCS than previous seasons. The difference comes down to their running back Isaiah Woullard.

Woullard was the player that as a freshman, people said he was going to be something special. As a sophomore they marveled at how good he was at such a young age. This past season he blew everyone’s mind with his accomplishments. Now, he will be entering into his final season. So these spring practices are his last as a Bobcat.

“It's going good,” Woullard told SES Mississippi. “I’m glad to be back on the field with the team and coaches.”

Looking back at his first spring training and how he went on to rush for nearly 1,000 yards as a freshman, Woullard says he is worlds apart compared to then.

“There’s no comparison,” Woullard declared. “It is bittersweet. The difference is I have gotten bigger, stronger and faster.”

Woullard has eyes on a big 2016 for his team as well as his own legacy.

“I want the team to win a state championship,” Woullard expressed. “On a personal level, I want to be the leading rusher in Mississippi history. I'm not worried about the number I'm just going to give my all in every game and we will see what happens.”

The number that he isn’t worried about is a pretty big one. The record for career rushing yards in the state of Mississippi was set in 2000 and is 8,254 yards held by former Ruleville Central star Noah Ingram. Woullard will enter his final season needing 2,668 yards to break the record.

That may seem like a long shot, but Woullard is coming off of a season that saw him rush for a jaw dropping 3,085 yards. If he repeats that, the record will be shattered.

So how has he managed so many yards? It is actually quite simple. He is incredibly difficult to tackle and his work ethic is unmatched.

“Well, first off, I have to give credit were it is due,” Woullard explained. “It is my offensive line, but I take pride in winning my one on ones. I work extremely hard when no one is looking to keep myself in the best shape for the game.”

There is no arguing that Woullard is one of the top running backs in the South. Private school or public, Woullard is one of the best. He is also a very driven young man. His drive, he says, comes from home.

“I have been taught to work hard at everything I do,” Woullard said. “What drives me is my dream to play college football and one day play in the NFL like my dad. “He played for Ole Miss and was a free-agent for the Saints.”

Isaiah’s father Dr. Reginald Woullard was a four-year letter winner at Ole Miss from 1975-1979 and then was picked up by the New Orleans Saints. He now pastors a church in Hattiesburg.

Isaiah Woullard has the tools and the drive to take PCS far in 2016 and whether he breaks the rushing record or not, he has definitely left his mark on Mississippi High School football forever.

**Photo by Pine Belt Sports.

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