The state’s leader in receiving yards and touchdowns? That would be Columbia Academy senior Aaron Thomas.
The senior showed his hands and play making abilities are dangerous on the other side of the ball as well last week. Thomas returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Cougars’ opening round win over Wayne Academy.
"Been around a lot of good players but what he did the other night was unbelievable," Columbia Academy head coach Randy Butler said. "(He) had four catches for 110 yards, a touchdown and two pick six’s. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a game where I’ve seen a kid have that kind of output."
Thomas was more low key in his reaction.
"It was a pretty good night," Thomas said. "Had a good game plan going into the week and just tried to execute it. As far as the picks go, just in the right place at the right time I guess."
We can’t forget about the offensive output either. As usual, Thomas showed out.
"He’s played well all year," Butler said. "I mean every game he’s done something really, really good for us. The deeper you go in the playoffs the better you hope he plays and I know he will. He’s one of our team leaders and we know he’s going to be ready to play every week. He’s going to play well. We don’t have to worry about him. "
The Columbia Academy program has made great strides over the last couples years. The Cougars finished the regular season with their first district title since 1996.
Next is a trip to Rayville Louisiana to face Riverfield Academy. The Cougars hope Thomas continues to make plays, whether on offense or defense.
"When he leaves here every day you know he’s going to do the right things socially," Butler said. "He’s going to do the right things academically. Spiritually he’s one of the best. It shows when he gets on the field. He’s one of the best on the field athletically."
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As expected, Thomas is keeping his approach simple.
"Just try to go hard everyday and keep doing my best," he said. "We’re in playoffs so if we get beat we go home. So we just gotta keep playing hard."