Life on the line is like life in the wild. Players must scratch, push and fight to protect their ground.
When Laney’s James Holmon is at center, his job is to keep the quarterback safe and to open up lanes for runners. When the Wildcats star is playing defensive tackle, he wants to attack the other team’s pocket.
Sometimes, it’s complete chaos.
“It gets really crazy, especially when the game is on the line,” Holmon said. “Everybody is counting on you. It gets real physical down there.”
Before each play, every player has a role. Often, it’s to line up against a single player. The hunt for the foe over, the next task is to look for a weakness and make a meal of the opposing lineman.
By the time the ball is snapped, Holmon is focused on keeping his teammates safe and driving out the other team from his squad’s territory.
“That’s your family back there,” Holmon said. “You’ve got to protect them – you don’t want anything to happen to them. That’s how I see it.”