Blair Mulholland has never been afraid of a challenge.
After running for 1,204 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore for Kimberly (WI) High, Mulholland and his teammates were told they would be moving from the state’s division 2 playoff bracket to play against the big schools in division 1.
The reaction of Mulholland and his teammates? Let’s go.
“We were overlooked last year, saying we were only the division 2 champions,” said Mulholland. “We wanted to show that Kimberly football can play with anyone.”
That message was driven home last November against Hartland Arrowhead. Kimberly was undersized, but the Papermakers has superior speed on the edges, thanks to Mulholland.
Mulholland helped lead the smallest division 1 school over one of the biggest, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns to lead Kimberly (14-0) to its second straight state title with a 31-6 victory over the Warhawks, the program that had won the last two division 1 state championships.
“It was a night to remember for sure,” said Mulholland.
Finishing last season with 1,589 yards and 26 touchdowns, Mulholland’s game is starting to generate some college interest. While he is still waiting for an offer, Mulholland said Bowling Green, Brown, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin have all started sending him mail.
After earning place at the state wrestling tournament in the 182-pound bracket for division 1, Mulholland plans to start getting out and seeing schools.
“Personally I feel I got a lot tougher,” Mulholland said on the difference between the beginning and end of his junior year. “I built a better bond with the offensive linemen. It sucked losing all those seniors. It was great working with them.”