2005-09-02 / Sports

Falcon players follow in fathers’ footsteps

By Jim Seay

Will Lewis and Mo Holler
Will Lewis and Mo Holler

The opening game loss (21–7) to Columbia High Friday, August 26 certainly wasn’t what A.C. Flora Head Football Coach Robin Bacon wanted.

The scores for the injury–slowed Falcons came on a three–yard touchdown run by Marquis Clark and the extra point kick by Travis Rigdon. Antavias Belton led the Flora rushing with 59 yards and Alexander Green added 55. Starting tailback Graham Davis, who ran for more than 1,300 yards a year ago, was on the sidelines nursing a hurt.

Senior quarterback Will Lewis completed 11of 16 aerials for 88 yards. Clark hauled in five of them, and tight end Mo Holler snagged three for 31 yards.

“Will had an excellent game,” says Bacon. “He’s smart, makes great decisions and is very coachable. I am really proud of how he played.”

About Holler’s abilities Bacon affirmed, “Mo has a lot of good, raw talent. We’re just got to get him to focus and work on his blocking. But, as far as catching the football, Mo is as good as we’ve had at Flora.”

Lewis and Holler have exceptionally strong bloodlines. In the late 1950s their fathers were college football stars. Cam Lewis quarterbacked the Black Knights of the Hudson at the US Military Academy at West Point (Army). Ed “Punky” Holler was a standout for the USC Gamecocks and followed that with a career with the Green Bay Packers.

Lewis has been a starter for the Falcons since the ninth game of his freshman year, but missed the first three outings of 2004 because of an injury. Even so, he completed 50 percent of his passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns.

The hiring of several new assistant coaches this year pleases Lewis, “They have a really good feel for what’s going on here. I think we can be really good.”

Lewis’s football playing abilities may be exceeded by his skills as a catcher with the Falcons and Richland Post 6 baseball teams. Holler played outfield for both.

Lewis believes his college future will be in baseball for Princeton or maybe Wake Forest, perhaps Vanderbilt. For now, the concentration for Will and Mo is, understandably, the gridiron.

“We’re pushing all the Ivy League teams to look at Will. He’s great at either sport,” continued Bacon.

“Will’s a really good player,” agreed teammate Holler who was thrust in to the signal caller’s post when Lewis was hurt this past season. “I had never played there (quarterback) before. I do know it’s more fun to catch the ball than to throw it.”

Friday, September 2, the Falcons will travel to Bolden Stadium to face Keenan at 7:30 p.m.

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