Huffines fitting in at Holmes
GOODMAN — Daniel Huffines had little trouble fitting into the high-flying offense at Holmes Community College.
A couple of years of catching passes in Ron Rushing’s spread passing attack at Cathedral School gave Huffines a great introduction to how he would play in his freshman year of college.
“(Our offense here) is pretty wide open,” Huffines said. “We spread it out, and the quarterback is in shotgun most of the time, and we throw it around a lot.
“It’s as wide open and as fast as we had (at Cathedral), and I got a head start with Coach Ron, and that system. I already knew a little bit about how to run the spread, and I just had to adjust to the different way that the coach wants you to do certain things.”
Huffines did not waste any time making his mark in the offense either. In his first collegiate game, the former Green Wave standout caught four passes for 29 yards in a 10-8 loss to Jones County Junior College. Huffines followed that up with five catches in his second game and scored his first touchdown in his third game against Northeast Mississippi Community College.
“That was a big win for the team,” he said. “That was our first (North Division) game and a lot of recruits were there and watched us perform good that night.”
Huffines has 23 catches for 220 yards so far this season.
“I had some things end up falling my way, and I am getting some playing time at receiver and punt returning,” he said. “It took me a bit to learn the speed of the game.”
The Bulldogs are currently 3-4 on the season and 3-2 in the North Division of the MACJC. The team’s playoff hopes were dashed last week with a loss to Northwest Mississippi Community College, but Huffines said the team is still looking to improve.
“We played the top two teams in the division the last two weeks and lost both,” he said. “But they were very competitive. The goal for the rest of the year is to finish what we started and finish with a winning record. That hasn’t been done here in a long time, and we still have a chance to do something special and set the groundwork for the future.”
Huffines said he keeps up with Cathedral football by listening to Walt Brown call games on the computer, and he was able to come back for homecoming last week.
“That was a tough game (against Bogue Chitto), but it was nice to get back and see how they were doing.”
Huffines said Cathedral needs to remain focused and try to finish out the season on a strong note and get into the playoffs.
“I would tell them not to take it for granted and live it up,” he said. “Coach Ron is a great coach and a great man, and playing under him will make them a better player.”
Huffines is currently studying to be a physical therapist at Holmes.