As Laney’s starting quarterback, Hall has succeeded by getting more experience and also because of the presence of veteran backs George Myers and DeMarcus Nunnally.
Hall is the one tasked with taking the snaps and throwing the ball – at least when there’s no Wildcat formation – but it’s also his job to know what everyone is doing on every play. But he isn’t the only one.
“They’ve helped me a lot,” Hall said about the running backs. “They’re basically quarterbacks, too. I got George or DeMarcus. We all work together, so I feel like we have a three-quarterback system.”
Hall was previously at Mount Juliet High School in Tennessee, where his father lives.
He’s living with his mother now and is at Laney, where he followed Leo Myers at quarterback.
Heading into Friday’s game at Washington County, Hall has helped the offense produce impressive numbers: 895 rushing yards with an average of more than seven yards every rushing attempt. George Myers’ 396 leads the team, but Hall and Nunnally have combined for almost 350 more.
In all three games Laney hasn’t had much trouble moving the ball. In fact, in each of the past two games, the Wildcats have rushed for more than 300 yards and also thrown for better than 100 yards. Against Glenn Hills, Hall accounted for five touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 2-1.
But this week Laney will find out just how good the offense – and the defense – really is, at least right now.
Led by quarterback William Walker, Washington County is 4-0 for the first time since 2009 and is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class AAA.
“It looks like the WACO of old,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “They’re just physical – they punish. They did things to people that nobody else can.”
The Wildcats and Golden Hawks haven’t played since 2003, but Washington County coach Joel Ingram was eager to play Laney.
Besides desiring a good gate, Ingram wanted a game against a quality opponent that is also seen as a rival.
“They seem to always reload. They do have good players – it’s just like here,” Ingram said. “They’re extremely dangerous. Win, lose or draw, I don’t see how either team can’t get better from this game.”