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Young, Up and Comers Looking to Break Through for Houlka

Posted by Robby Donoho | July 08, 2012 / 07:36pm | High School Sports, Local Sports
HOULKA, Miss. (WCBI) -- They aren't by any means a household name on the athletics circuit in Mississippi, but the Houlka Wildcats are making strides to put themselves in contention to win in 1A.

Following the school's inception in 2008, Houlka has yet to see their hard work reap benefits on the field. But head coach Rob Allen and the Wildcats won't let a winless season and the loss of a deep crop of seniors get in the way of their belief they can notch a victory on their record in 2012. 

"We lost nine seniors from last year's team, all of them started;" said coach Allen. "We have five seniors and five eight graders so we're very young but the work ethic is what I'm pleased with right now.

"I think this team can do some good things. They do what they are coached to do and we're getting more fundamentally sound each day."

The loss of multiple starters does hurt Houlka's talent this season, but with the opportunity to play for time on the field arises, that means better competition in the trenches.

"The strength of this year's team is the offensive line. We've been building this line up for four years now. With that solid offensive line comes a very solid defensive line."

The schedule remains difficult for the Wildcats, but the belief is high at Houlka that they can put together a season to be proud of on and off the field in 2012.
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