HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Four years of punishing and explosive runs didn't come easy for Presbyterian Christian's Isaiah Woullard. He worked for it.
"From the first day on campus he outworked anybody here," Bobcats coach Joey Hawkins said. "Stay late. (In the) summer, he'd work out and come back later that afternoon. He deserves every accolade he's gotten."
Accolades are nothing new to Woullard. But his latest one puts the finishing touches on a storied high school career. During PCS' MAIS semifinal loss to Jackson Prep Friday he became Mississippi's all-time leading rusher, passing the previous record of 8,254 (held by Ruleville Central's Noah Ingram).
The new standard of state running excellence is now 8,333.
"It means everything," Woullard said. "I thank God. Without him I'm nothing. I just thank everyone. Parents, coaches and the big boys. Just for blocking."
It was a historical year for the Bobcats, the best in program history. Their only loss on the season came on Friday. Woullard can still smile when looking back on the run.
"Just the team," Woullard said. "Just everyone. All those guys, I love all of them and I'm going to miss them. They touch me."
The college future of Woullard is yet to be determined (Southern Miss . But you can be sure wherever he goes and however far the game takes him, the grind won't stop.
"He's going to play on Saturdays and I'm telling you don't put it past this guy playing on Sundays," Hawkins said. "Because he will not be denied."
Woullard is just going to keep it simple.
"Just keep on being humble," he said. "Just work out and we'll see."