Linemen are usually the unsung heroes of a football team.
They go unnoticed, unless they miss a blocking assignment.
And with Andrew Gilmore of Central Holmes Christian School that hardly ever happens.
Gilmore, a senior offensive and defensive lineman for the Trojans, stands six-feet tall and weighs 300 pounds.
He never misses a workout and is usually the first one there when the doors open.
"The first thing that I saw out of Andrew is that he is a very, very hard worker," said head coach Jonathan Bates. "He's always the first one here, and if I'm running a little late and he's not here when I got here, I'm a little worried. We start working out at 8 a.m. and he's nearly always here by 7:15."
Linemen rarely get any mention, but the "big uglies" are the most important part of the game of football.
If your offensive line is weak, a team can't run the football.
If you can't run the football, it's nearly impossible to throw it with any success.
Games are usually planned around the abilities of a team's offensive line.
Likewise, a weak defensive line can cause a lot of troubles as well.
If you can't stop the run, you will not win the football game.
"When the lights come on, it's my time to shine," stated Gilmore. "If I don't do my job, I let the whole team down, and I'm not going to let that happen."
Gilmore has attended Central Holmes since K4, and is also an Eagle Scout.
He graduated from The Mississippi Protocol and Etiquette Class and he's also an American Legion Award recipient.
"If I was looking for a senior leader going into the fall, it would be Gilmore," added Bates. "He pushes the other players, and right now he's my rock. If I have a question about someone or something, he's the one I go to, and he's definitely a leader on this team."
Gilmore will also have the opportunity to be coached by his role model, assistant coach Doyle Gilmore, his father.
"My dad played running back at Central Holmes and he's taught me a lot about the game of football," added Gilmore. Coach Bates, who officially took over the football and baseball programs at CHCS on June 4 as well as becoming the Athletic Director, added, "He's a blue collar guy and a very essential member of the team, and I'm definitely glad to have him."
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Whippets fall to Patriots
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Spring drills end for area high schools
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To the wire, Kosy defeats Braves
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KHS hires Greenleaf
The Kosciusko School Board met Monday night and approved the hiring of new Whippet basketball coach Eleazarus Greenleaf.
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Here I am, the last day of turkey season and a monsoon of rain is dousing Attala County.
It is real easy to get depressed in weather like this, especially after a season like I have had.
Tigers finish season 15-13
The Ethel Tigers were fresh off a thrilling first round sweep of French Camp when they traveled to Stringer on Saturday for game one of the best-of-three series.
The Tigers would drop game one 5-3.
Game one had been pushed from Thursday to Saturday due to inclement weather, pushing game two to Monday night in Ethel, to which the Tigers fell once again, 7-2.
Kosy moves to third round
The Kosciusko Whippets had a bitter taste in their mouths from 2012’s playoff series loss to New Albany in three games.
That taste is clearly better now, and New Albany was once again the foe.
Kosy boys and girls track head to State meet
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Martin inducted into Hall of Fame
Railford “Randy” Martin was inducted into the Holmes Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 25.
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