R.J. Holmes on what Varsity football feels like…

Written by Rachel Gupta

Anyone who follows the Mustang Varsity football team has probably heard of Rolondo Holmes, a new addition to the team. As someone who’s very curious about the world of high school football, I decided to interview him to get some insight on the team, and of course, his own play. Rolondo agreed to the interview and I set to work crafting questions for him.

Rolondo, who’s a sophomore, plays Slotback (or A-back) on the team. When you go to the game, look for jersey number 11.

Rolondo started playing football at the age of 8 because his coach said that he would do great. He has been playing ever since and has played 3 games on the varsity team so far, all of which Tulare Western has won.

He likes football because it’s fun and requires a lot of hard work. “Yeah, we watch highlight videos and work really hard throughout the week leading up to a match. But when I’m out on the field, it’s not like that. I don’t think about anything. I don’t have time to think. I just ‘do’.”

“So, what do you do to prepare for a big game?” I asked him. “Music,” he said. “Definitely music. And Highlights videos. They get me ready for the game.”

“What do you think of when you first step out on the field? What thoughts enter your mind?”

“Like I said, I don’t think. I observe. I see what needs to be done and just go for it.” He responded.

Lastly, I asked him what his favorite things were about football.

“It’s the feeling I love of running out onto the field and knowing what comes next. I love all that energy. It’s amazing. I have loved the style of the game ever since I was little. It makes me feel good and gives me a rush.”

This interview really made me realize just how much effort and hard work goes into each game. Not just during practice, but mentally as well.

You can get all of Rolondo’s stats and game scores from the website linked down below.


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