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ELCA’s Holley makes sacrifice for teammates

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Andreus Holley, a senior at Eagle’s Landing Christian, doesn’t get much recognition, but he is a key performer on the top-ranked Chargers’ defense.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Andreus Holley, a senior at Eagle’s Landing Christian, doesn’t get much recognition, but he is a key performer on the top-ranked Chargers’ defense.

MCDONOUGH — In any other football program, Andreus Holley is probably the team’s starting running back and/or linebacker.

For top-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian, he is the starting noseguard on one of the top defenses in Class A.

Holley would like to be the one making the headlines and big plays under the lights on Friday nights, but he has warmly embraced his role outside the limelight. Much of the publicity for the Chargers goes to players like Keyante Green, Isaac Rochell, Andrew Williams and Josh Shockley, to name a few.

But Holley consistently goes about his job each week as the Chargers try to build a reputation as the top team in the state.

“Andreus has done whatever it takes make his team better,” ELCA coach Jonathan Gess said. “He is a true team player.”

On each play, Holley usually faces a double-team by the opposing team’s offense linemen. He makes a big sacrifice with his body as teammates are able to make the tackle and hear their name called over the public address speaker.

“This job is definitely not easy,” Holley said Tuesday as the team prepared for tonight’s opening round playoff game against Our Lady of Mercy.

“I really love my teammates like brothers, and I don’t mind doing what it takes to win,” Holley said. “I wanted to play linebacker, but I enjoy playing noseguard on this team. Once I got involved in the position, I started to like it.”

Much of the recognition on the Chargers’ defensive line goes to Rochell and Williams, a pair of top recruiting prospects. Rochell, a senior, has committed to top-ranked Notre Dame while Williams, a junior, has several scholarship offers from Top 25 teams.

Holley said that Chargers defensive coordinator Derek Chastain has been a key in helping him develop his skill set to play noseguard.

“I just thank God for my teammates, who have supported me,” Holley said. “I enjoy football, because it is my life. I want to do what I can to help our team win a state championship.”