Nic Wood is looking forward to his senior football season with the Thomson High Bulldogs.
"Because this is my senior year and I want to go out a winner," said Nic. "I want to play like I've never played the game because it's my last year. I want to do it for myself and my teammates. And I want to do it to honor coach (Luther) Welsh, since it's his last year."
Nic, son of Henry and Judy Wood, of Thomson, is the starting defensive left tackle. Now 17, he also plays on the second string left guard on the offensive side of the football. In addition, he also is the snapper on punts and the long-snapper on extra points and field goals.
A new senior leadership club, which was formed earlier this year, "is working very well," said Nic. "A lot of people are stepping up. And that's good for our team. As seniors, we're trying to provide good examples for the younger boys on the team."
Nic said it inspires him more to be a team leader. "It just makes you feel good," he explained. "It's nice to leave a good impression on the younger players. It will help make them better football players and improve their character."
As for the upcoming season, Nic believes this season will be a turnaround one for the Thomson Bulldogs.
"The only way to get better is to work hard and we've been doing a lot of that all summer," said Nic. "I think we're ready to go out and battle teams, now."
During the summer, he said, players worked hard in the weight room.
"We have really worked hard to get to this point," said Nic, noting he believes it will pay big dividends down the road. "We want to be the group that gets the Bulldogs back to winning ways and tradition."
In addition, he wants to help the Bulldogs win this season as a going-away salute to coach Welsh.
Prior to the recent scrimmage game against the Lincoln County Red Devils, which ended in a 7-7 tie, the team dedicated the season to their 78-year head mentor, Luther Welsh.
He's also hoping to play all season without getting injured.
"That would be real nice, to play and not get hurt this season," said Nic.
Such wasn't the case last year. In the next to last game of the season against the Burke County Bears, Nic went down with a torn ACL and NCL in his right knee.
He's back now to full strength and looking forward to doing battle against opponents all season.
An A honor roll student, Nic is hoping to enroll at the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech after graduation. He plans to study sports medicine or engineering.
When he's not playing football, Nic is working out as a baseball player. He is the designated hitter and a backup catcher for the Bulldogs.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, fishing and going to the lake with friends. He also has a part-time job cutting grass.