MiamiHerald / Football coaches don’t often regard sophomores as their most pivotal players.

But Courtney Holmes, a strong safety on the Columbus football team, isn’t your typical 10th grader.

“Kids don’t come by very often that have ability and want to lead,” Columbus coach Chris Merritt said. “He’s the glue of this team.”

Merritt was referring to Holmes’ value on the field where he hopes to continue to lead the Explorers closer to a state championship Friday afternoon when Columbus plays Miami High in the Region 4-8A final at Tropical Park at 1 p.m.


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