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November 12, 2012

Zack Holladay: A Bullard Panther to remember

BULLARD — Many high school seniors in Texas ended their prep football careers last night as the regular season sadly came to a close for schools not fortunate enough to have garnered a playoff spot.

One of those young men that saw his prep career come to a close was Zack Holladay.

Holladay, a linebacker at Bullard High School, suited up in his Panther uniform for the final time as Bullard concluded its season by taking on Spring Hill in Longview.

Holladay will, no doubt, be remembered at Bullard High for a long, long time to come for not only what he did on the gridiron, but by his numerous academic successes as well.

As a junior in 2011 Holladay set a new school record for the number of tackles (117) made in the regular season by a Panther — he totaled 157 through Bullard's deep state playoff run.

Holladay was on pace to exceed that record on Friday.

Entering last night's game, Holladay had tallied 115 stops (63 solo).

Holladay led the district a year ago in tackles and could repeat that fete this year as well.

While some may fatten their statistics during games played against the so-called “cream puffs”, Holladay was at his best when Bullard battled two top-10 teams during the Panthers' District 16-3A campaign.

Against No. 4-ranked Kilgore, Holladay piled up 22 tackles (17 solo) and against Gilmer, ranked No. 7, last week he had 19 stops (9 solo).

Tackling is not the only thing that Holladay does on a football field as he also starts on offense (11 catches for 210 yards and 3 TDs) and starts on special teams as well.

A year ago Holladay earned several impressive post-season awards, including All East Texas Linebacker (Second Team) and All-Cherokee County.

Shifting to his classroom achievements now, Holladay ranks No. 7 in his class (4.88 GPA) and is on schedule to graduate with 24 college credit hours this spring.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and has received a Mathematics Award from the United States Achievement Academy.

Holladay is also listed as Who's Who of All American Scholars.

As far as the future, Holladay hopes to be playing on Saturdays at the collegiate level next year.

He recently visited the University of Tulsa (NCAA, Division I) and it is anticipated that he will have more visits scheduled in the near future.

Coming from a family of Texas A&M Aggies, one future possibility could find Holladay in College Station attempting to win a spot on the Aggie football team by walking on, in much the same way that his cousin Weldon Davis, has done.

As for the future; only time will tell.

Reflecting on Holladay's exploits at Bullard will be something Panther football fans will rehash for many years to come.


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