BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- TCPS came into the season with high hopes. It has a roster stacked with seniors including a touchdown machine in quarterback Khi Holiday.
However, the Eagles lost its first two games to teams which are still undefeated, Biggersville and Nanih Waiya.
The trip back to earth may have been the motivation they needed.
"We learned that we can play with those type teams and be physical," Linebacker Tucker Huggins said. "We know that we are not going to lay down against any opponent."
Since then, the Eagles outscored its opponents 182 to 68. In those three games, Holiday put up ridiculous numbers, scoring at least seven touchdowns in each contest. He credited the team for coming together as a whole after the first two letdowns.
"We started bonding outside of school and outside of the football field," Holiday said. "We usually get mad at each other while we're playing, when we make errors and stuff, but now we don't."
Despite the impressive numbers, Holiday was left off the all-star roster for both the North-South game and the Mississippi-Alabama game. That just added fuel to an already burning fire.
"It's motivated a lot. Me and my lineman came together, they promised me that they going show the world what they really missing out on," Holiday said.
For head coach Shaune Holiday, he said that quality players, like his son Khi, get dismissed because they don't play in 5A or 6A and that all-star team decisions come down to politics, not performance.
"1A-2A-3A football there's a lot of good players but some they get looked over because they are in 1A or 2A," Coach Holiday said. "The game speaks for itself, doesn't matter what level you're on, if you can play, you should give those kids an opportunity to play."