Long before they met on the field Friday night at Shreveport’s Lee Hedges Stadium, Captain Shreve’s Kendrick Law Jr. and Union Parish’s Trey Holly had moved into elite territory.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Law, the No. 3 rated athlete in the country for 2022, and Holly, the No. 7 running back in the country for 2023, are both four-star recruits, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Both scored in Shreve’s 22-21 win. Holly had 219 yards on 29 carries, and Law caught a season-high six passes for 63 yards while also playing a solid game in the Gators’ secondary.
“It was definitely exciting and we knew going against Trey Holly was going to be a challenge,” Law said. “We knew if we could stop the run, we could do it. And as you can see, we did it.”
The 5-8, 180-pound Holly passed one test earlier this year when his Farmers won at Many, the defending Class 2A state champion. Following the game, he met up with Many 2023 four-star Tackett Curtis for a few words and a photo op
“Me and Tackett really have a good bond. We’ve been communication with each other way before that game,” Holly said. “We try to encourage each other to be a better payer and be humble because we know how fast it can be taken away.”
Shreve’s Bryant Sepulvado has coached just one other 4-star (Jonathan Stewart), and that was 12 years ago when he was an assistant coach at Byrd.
“It’s definitely a challenge to try to come up with a scheme to try to stop a talent like Holly,” Sepulvado said. “But that’s why we get into coaching. It’s exciting because you don’t get to see two kids this talented on the same field.”
Law can choose just about any school in the country he’d like to attend, and he hasn’t yet committed with early signing in December. Holly said he’s “still open and still looking” at the moment, but he has another year to decide.
Right now, Holly is a nearly unstoppable force behind an offensive line that includes Jayden Washington, Raylen Hunter and Brandon Rosson. He entered Friday’s game averaging 212 yards per game and 8.7 yards per carry.
The Gators’ first two opponents, North DeSoto and Leesville, negated Law as an offensive threat at wide receiver, but lost by lopsided scores when they devoted too much manpower to Law allowing other Gators, like Braylon Finney, to shine. And as a defensive back, the senior All-State speedster scares quarterbacks from throwing his way. Matt Hall scored twice for the Gators against Union Parish.
Following Friday’s game, Holly sought Law for the same face-to-face he had with Curtis a couple of weeks ago. They didn’t get in a photo, but they did shake hands and share a couple words.
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