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Texans ‘playmaker’ has big expectations for fall

Northwest Texans wide receiver Gavin Holmes finished last season with 830 yards receiving and six receiving touchdowns.
Northwest Texans wide receiver Gavin Holmes finished last season with 830 yards receiving and six receiving touchdowns. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Gavin Holmes is described as a “playmaker” by Justin Northwest football coach Bill Poe, and why not?

Holmes finished last season with 830 yards receiving and six receiving touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards, averaging more than 10 yards a carry.

Poe said that he could not ask for more from the Texans senior and said he is expecting his receiver’s skills and leadership ability to be on full display in 2016.

“Being a playmaker, he brings an awful lot to the team,” Poe said. “He has a great work ethic and leadership ability. I can always count on him to do the right thing on and off the field. He is a member of our leadership council, and just a great kid on and off the field.”

The Texans finished 1-9 last season, but Holmes said he and his teammates gained a lot of valuable experience.

“Last season obviously didn’t go as planned,” Holmes said. “But I felt like we learned a lot, and we’re building back up for a special season.”

Holmes also runs track at Northwest High School and said that his plans for the off season are to “just continue to perfect my craft, and most importantly, grow as a team, and just get bigger and faster.”

In order to get things back on track for next season, Holmes said he believes it will take a couple of things.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard as a team and do our jobs on the field,” Holmes said. “I feel like we are poised for a great season and to make a big-time run in the playoffs.”

Poe said he does have a couple of things he would like for Holmes to work on over the summer.

“For Gavin, it’s just about not becoming complacent,” Poe said. “He has to make sure that he continued to push himself to get better, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do that.”

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