HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Presbyterian Christian football squad has set itself up nicely in the early going of the 2016 season.
Impressive wins over West Marion (45-26) and Perry Central (39-14) have yielded a measured optimism in the locker room.
What cannot be denied, though, is the look of a team motivated after losing to Jackson Prep 47-3 in the semifinals of last year's Class 4A Division I playoffs.
"I think our team worked hard last year," Bobcats Head Coach Joey Hawkins said. "We've just got a lot more experienced guys back. Our line has gotten a lot better over the summer so we're able to block. We're able to get off blocks a little better and that's been the whole key to our team."
Getting off blocks a little better only bodes well for an offensive attack that features the dynamic Isaiah Woullard in the backfield.
This is not the only weapon the Bobcats' offense has to offer.
At quarterback is a three-year starter in Luke Hudson. Other names include Rush Stewart, Nick Martin, Sheldon James and Brandon Thornton.
"Isaiah, he can pretty much do it all," Hudson said. "But you got some of the other guys backing him up. Like our offensive line, a lot of them are new and young. They've been working hard and getting better. And we've got Rush and Nick Martin, Sheldon, Brandon. We've got a lot of people that can take the ball when Isaiah is tired. We can just do a lot of different things."
PCS will get a chance to see just how far they have come on Oct. 14 with a homecoming contest against defending state champion Jackson Prep.
Up next, though, is the next game.
The Bobcats will play their home opener Friday against Parklane Academy.
"They're really good," Hawkins said. "They've got the biggest offensive front we're going to see. They've got a couple 290s, 300-pound guys in there that move their feet. So we'll have to play our very best to win the game."