HATTIESBURG, MS - "We started off just not winning," said PCS senior quarterback Luke Hudson. "A game every now and then. And people just didn't care as much. Now we've just come a long way."
With each week's win, PCS makes school history. The Bobcats are trying to stay in the moment while also appreciating how far they've come.
"We admire the guys that first put the helmet on here at PCS back in 2001 when they just had a little independent schedule," said PCS head coach Joey Hawkins. "And then three years later, in 2004, they're going to Prep with 16 players to play an 80-man squad. So, we play for those guys and for what they did to start the program…And now we're trying to take it up another step here and do something spectacular this year."
The Bobcats have been nothing short of that, off to a 5-0 start for the first time in school history. They have the same leaders as last season's 6-7 team, to name a couple: Senior quarterback Luke Hudson and running back Isaiah Woullard, who has already rushed for 1,000 yards and 12 scores.
So what's been the difference for PCS?
"Heart," Hudson said. "It's like all we want to do is be out here with each other and playing."
"These kids have worked so hard, they've put a lot into this," said Hawkins, now in his eight season as head coach. "We're thankful to be 5-0. It's a big stage tomorrow night. These kids deserve this. They deserve everything they're getting because it's been amazing."
Perhaps the biggest game PCS will have hosted in its 15-year history, Madison-Ridgeland Academy comes to town having never lost to the Bobcats. Hawkins and company certainly recognize the opportunities that will come Friday night and the rest of this 2016 season.
"Huge game," Hudson said. "That will really tell us what we're made of. First five games have been great but tomorrow's going to be the real gut check."
"Keep the streak going a little bit and to beat a really good opponent, in the clutch, would be huge for us," Hawkins said.
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