DECATUR – The warning flags around Columbia High shouldn’t be flying just yet as the program is sitting 1-4 on the season.
However, like most schools chasing and building towards the postseason, Columbia’s tough schedule has found Fondren Hollis III making waves through the first five weeks.
Hollis III started the 2018 season with a collegiate commitment but things haven’t slowed down for the lockdown cornerback. Upon seeing Hollis III play in person, there is a wealth of talent and football IQ that can’t be viewed in his films and highlights.
Against Stockbridge last Friday, Hollis III opened the game with a long reception of 45 yards before the Eagle’s fell apart offensively. If people would have thought that Hollis III’s impact was over, it wasn’t.
Defensively Hollis III nabbed the ball twice against Stockbridge, bringing his total on the season to four interceptions through five weeks.
Hollis III says that coming into the season he knew he would’ve had to play a bigger role this year for the team, so to prepare, he ran track to work on his speed and conditioning in before the offseason. Hollis III kept his running up into the football season.
When asked about his threat to teams on the offense and defense, Hollis III says that he just stayed in shape.
“I took care of my body by not eating a lot of junk food and not drinking sodas,” Hollis III said. “I started eating healthy and staying hydrated with water and Powerade.”
Of course, the Eagle’s have been on the struggling side of win brackets. However, it’s obvious that the team had a tougher schedule than they’ve had in the past but morale still has to be on the minds of players.
“I just tell my teammates to not give up,” Hollis III said about the early season losses. “Trust the process.”
Trusting the process is one way but Hollis III is also working together with the offense. He’s meshed well this season on route running and finding holes in the coverages to make big plays.
“We just trust each other on offense,” Hollis III said. “They believe in me and trust me to make big plays.”
The season is halfway done but Hollis III is chasing one more goal this year along with the receiving and team wins that the program craves ahead of region.
“My goal was to lead the county in interceptions,” Fondren III said. “And be in the top-5 for receiving yards.”