Faster Than Lightning?

Kavahra Holmes

Breaux Bridge HS has a group of elite athletes in its '12 class, including wide receiver/track star Kavahra Holmes. Read further to learn more about Holmes, who is the nation's best in the 400 meters.

Breaux Bridge High School is going to give opposing defensive coordinators plenty of grief this fall. The Tigers have an unfair amount of talent on the offensive side of the ball, including LSU commits Travin Dural (WR) and Lamar Louis (RB), as well as productive RB Adrian Menard and WR Kavahra Holmes.

A few weeks ago, Breaux Bridge won the Class 4A state title in track & field. Dural and Holmes put on a show that day, with Holmes running the fastest time in the nation (46.31) in the 400 meters.

With that in mind, is Holmes going to play football or run track (or both) in college?

"It's football first, track second," said Holmes (6-1, 175). "I have a few football offers from smaller schools, such as Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and I'm getting interest from several of the top schools that I like.

"I'm hearing from TCU, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida and Southern Miss.

"My favorites are LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Oregon and Nebraska. To be honest, I really like Nebraska."

Last year, Holmes hauled in "24 or 25 catches" with six touchdowns for Breaux Bridge and he scored twice in the Tigers' spring scrimmage this afternoon.

"Today, we went first offense against first defense and I caught two touchdown passes," he said. "One was a screen for 40 yards and the other was a fade that went 60 yards.

"We're going to spread out the offense more this year. Breaux Bridge is primarily known as a running team, but we have a new offensive coordinator. We have several weapons at wide receiver, including Travin and myself. In addition, we have two juniors who are very talented."

And that's not all. What about the Tigers' two-headed monster (Louis and Menard) at RB?

"Lamar is a team leader," said Holmes. "You never have to tell him anything twice. He always gives 110%. He's the type of guy who will bring the whole team together. He's very outspoken and just a great leader. When you go into war, you know he's coming to the battle.

"Let me tell you something about 'Toi' (Menard's nickname). He has worked so hard and gave his all to improve. He's a country boy who used to go to a tiny school here in town (Breaux Bridge Christian Academy). He has swift feet and will hit you hard. Also, if he gets into the clear he's going to the house."

Back to Holmes' track exploits. What's it like to be the nation's fastest runner in the 400 meters?

"It feels good, of course," said Holmes. "Nothing is possible without God. I've always came out and worked hard. You have to stay mentally strong, because the 400 is a man's race.

"A lot of it is physical, but a whole lot is mental. It's probably 90% mental. In the 400, you go hard or go home. For me it's an all-out sprint.

"When I set the record at the state track meet, it was a great feeling. I had always run in the mid-47's in the past. When I crossed the finished line that day and looked at the clock, I knew I could have run it faster. I believe I can run in the low-45's."

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