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NORTH LITTLE ROCK FOOTBALL | Holmes has been running wild at safety

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The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats are used to using a two running back system, but decided to go with just one full time quarterback beginning this season.

Heath Land earned all-conference honors last year even though he split time at the position.

Up until this season, Peyton Holmes has been a quarterback. He has started the season as a safety for the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats, and for whomever moved him there; he has made them look pretty smart.

Of course, head coach Brad Bolding says it’s because Holmes himself is pretty smart.

“He’s been a quarterback for so long,” Bolding said, “I think he’s in their head.”

That may indeed be the case. The senior has been one of the most productive Charging Wildcat players in the shortest amount of time.

All Holmes has done so far this season in one full game and one series is snag three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He would have gotten credit for two pick returns for TDs but one against Lake Hamilton was called back for a block in the back penalty.

His touchdown that counted was against South Panola in week two. He immediately exited the game after that first series because of a hamstring injury. He sat out the remaining three quarters of that game and the entire game at Pine Bluff. He will return to practice this week.

The Charging Wildcats are going to need all the help they can get as they begin the conference season this Friday when they host Cabot.

The Panthers are who they have been the past 33 years under head coach Mike Malham. They will block you. They will tackle you. They want to run it down the throat of their opponent.

The Charging Wildcats have a few injury issues besides Juan Day’s season ending ACL tear. Bolding said their are a few bumps and bruises on the defense besides Holmes plus a few injuries on the offensive line.

Getting everybody back will be key.

What also has been noticeable is that Bolding’s group is a bit more mature than last year. Bolding boasted about how his team handled some adverse weather conditions at Pine Bluff last week and said they handled themselves well and didn’t let rain bother them.

That wasn’t always the case last season. The cold rain at Jonesboro nearly bit the Charging Wildcats. It took some late game heroics to pull of a much needed road win.

They’ve got talent. They’ve got depth. Hopefully North Little Rock can keep their health as the real season starts Friday.

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