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Woullard Wants Ring In 2018, Will Attend Fortius Project At ICC

In March of 2016 the Fortius Project combine series made its debut at Petal high school. Fast forward two years and the series is about to begin it’s third circuit in as many years and there’s yet another connection to Petal.

Luther Woullard, a rising senior in the Panthers’ defensive backfield, is making the trip all the way to North Mississippi to compete at the ICC stop. You might recognize that last name, as he is a relative of former PCS and current Ole Miss running back Isaiah Woullard. The former Bobcat was the state’s all-time leading rusher when his career ended. Luther is making quite a name for himself, though.

“I would say my physicality,” Luther Woulldard replied when asked what will stand out when he competes at the Fortius Project. “I want to work on my speed and agility, and I want to get better in man coverage.”

“Coming to the camp is a great opportunity to become and better player and get some recognition by coaches at the next level.”

As a junior last fall Woullard showed that he is capable of making all the plays a safety must. He registered 39 tackles, two for loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and four pass deflections.

This offseason he is working hard and preparing for a larger role this coming season. The Petal program, under head coach Marcus Broyles, has become known for having players emerge as star contributors their senior seasons. The Panthers are usually veteran-led, savvy and physical. Woullard is working to be a player who checks each of those boxes.

“We have great coaches that teach us to keep working because you never know when you will be called,” Woullard told SES Mississippi. “When you see the way former players worked hard and their success, it makes you want to be like them.”

“Every year we have guys behind the scenes that work hard during the offseason so when it’s their turn they step up and they are ready. Every offseason we work hard to achieve one goal and that is to win the state championship.”

The blueprint has been laid out and Woullard is following. There is no question that he will be tested by some of the best receivers in the state at the Fortius Project. That is what this offseason is about, though, challenging himself.

Similar to last offseason, Petal has big shoes to fill with the graduation of Jordan Wilson as well as Nataurean and Natorian Watts. But it’s been that way each of the past three offseasons and they have still found themselves in two South State championship games, as well as the state championship in 2015. Forecasting to next season Woullard cautions critics to expect much of the same from the Panthers.

“We are faster, smarter and stronger than last year. We also have good chemistry,” He explains. “We are going to be 6A champions.”

**Photo courtesy of Mark Magee,

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