As a freshman, Billy Holden made the Bainbridge-Guilford varsity football team as an offensive lineman. He was already over 200 pounds, had natural strength to go with his size, and adapted quickly to the varsity speed earning a starting spot at tackle.
The next season, Holden was again slated as a lineman, but his exceptional quickness and speed earned him some looks at fullback. Holden rushed for seven touchdowns, mostly in short yardage roles. In the Bobcats’ final game of the season, a playoff loss to Groton, Holden was inserted at fullback, and he ran the ball down the field in nearly unstoppable fashion scoring a late touchdown.
It was at that point, the B-G coaching staff determined what his future position on the field would be. “I think Billy always thought he had the potential to be a decent running back,” said B-G head coach, Tim Mattingly.