So with the superstar set to begin his college career at Ole Miss, Bobcat head coach Joey Hawkins has called an audible. Rather than have one guy, like Woullard, carry the ball 30-plus times a game, the Bobcats are counting on multiple players to fill that void. If last Thursday night was any indicator, Hawkins just might be onto something.
“We took care of the football with new guys running the ball,” Hawkins said shortly after the Bobcats’ season-opening win against West Marion. “We’re pleased.”
Of all the new faces at the spot, it was senior Sheldon James who shined the brightest. James ran for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. It wasn’t necessarily a shocking performance to him. Truthfully, he looks at the Bobcat offensive line and thinks anything’s possible.
“I knew this offensive line would be amazing,” James said. “They were. They did not disappoint at all. They’re the strength of this football team.”
Alden Rhian, a junior and a talent Hawkins has raved about for quite some time, added 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. Newcomer Eric Robinson, a sophomore transfer from North Forrest, played all over the field and scored the Bobcats’ first touchdown of the season. Collectively, the trio was dynamite and a big reason why the Bobcats started their season out on the right foot.
“I would give that performance a 10/10,” Robinson said with a smile.
None of them expect much to change in the coming weeks. Together, they present a daunting challenge to every team on their schedule.
“We each bring something different to the table,” James explained. “We’re all unique. That’s why I think it’s effective to have all of us.”
A lot of credit goes back to Woullard, who they agree paved the way to the success they’ve had and plan to have in the future. In fact, as they were practicing Tuesday afternoon, Woullard was back at Bobcat stadium, running bleachers while wearing a weighted vest. It’s something they’ve come to expect.
“I’ve never seen anyone work that hard,” Rhian concluded.