• John Macon Gillespie

Holford Believes Loss To Prep Brought Bobcats Closer

Presbyterian Christian had an exciting 2016 campaign that ended sourly.

Rising junior Thomas Holford wants to make sure that this season ends on a better note.

“We lost a heart-breaker to Jackson Prep second round [of the playoffs] which has motivated us as a team tremendously,” Holford told SES Mississippi. “Since then we have had revenge on our minds, and that loss has brought our team together.”

Holford's pain from the postseason loss stems from the fact that PCS defeated Jackson Prep just a few weeks prior in the regular season.

“We beat them in every way except the score on the field,” Holford said. “Besides my goal of playing college football, that loss has been a driving force this offseason.”

Holford's goals have led him to enroll the 2017 Fortius Project at Jones County Junior College.

“[I want] to get more recognition and to compete against more kids in the state,” Holford said.

Drill results from the Fortius Project are sent to numerous colleges and universities. Athletes like Holford, who do not yet hold any college offers, are attracted to Fortius for this very reason

“I think that it would help my chances,” Holford said

Holford plays tight end and defensive end for the Bobcats and led his conference last season in total sacks with 13.

“I felt like I had a good season,” Holford said. “I became a much better blocker, and I started both ways and was selected to first team all-conference.”

According to Holford, some of his success on the field is due to the chemistry found in the PCS locker room.

“I like my teammates and coaches a lot,” Holford said. “We all are really close and work and play well together.”

Ultimately, Holford sees himself as a team player that thrives on competition. His excitement for Saturday at JCJC stems from his competitive nature.

“I'm most looking forward to the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 things that we will do, just for the reason of comparison to other athletes,” Holford said.

**Photo by Pine Belt Sports.

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