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North Hall strikes early, beats East Hall 44-6
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North Hall's JT Fair runs the ball against East Hall on Friday in Gainesville.

By Drew Hubbard

North Hall returned home after a month away from Lynn Cottrell Stadium to defeat region-opponent East Hall, 44-6, on Friday, setting up a matchup next week against Dawson County for the No. 2 seed to state and a home playoff game. 

“There is no better place to play than here,” North Hall coach David Bishop said. “Like I said in the paper the other day, I coached down in South Georgia with the biggest teams in the state and there is no better place to play than this place. The atmosphere is amazing.” 

On just their second play from scrimmage, senior running back Jacob Dickey broke free for a 57-yard touchdown to give North Hall (6-3, 4-1 Region 7-3A) a 7-0 lead. The Trojans’ initial breakthrough made way for a 21-0 lead to end the first quarter with a rushing touchdown from Cade Miller and a 25-yard touchdown pass thrown by Trey Sanders to Luke Volle. 

On the night, JT Fair had a team-high 154 yards on 12 carries for North Hall. He scored on three straight second-quarter drives. Dickey had five carries for 137 yards. 

In the second quarter, North Hall stuck to a strong running game, scoring three more touchdowns on the ground with Fair finding the end zone twice and Dalton Battle scoring to make it 42-0. 

Over the past three games in region play, the Trojans are rolling, outscoring the opposition 141-6. 

“A lot of it is that we’ve got our kids back,” Bishop said. “When you consider we’ve had about eight or nine injuries throughout the year and there is a lot of inconsistencies. Sometimes you’re having to move one kid from one place to another and the last few weeks we’ve been healthy.” 

The Trojans received the ball to start the second half, but a fumble would give the ball over to the Vikings for North Hall’s first turnover of the game. East Hall’s passing game was led by sophomore quarterback Clete Cooper (18-34 passing, 183 yards) who found the end zone to start the fourth quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Thomas. 

DJ Grey was the Vikings (1-8, 0-5) leading receiver with 125 yards on three catches.

“A lot of times you look at things from the outside and you think you probably played amazing because of the score. Then you go back, and watch game tape and you go ‘oh’,” Bishop said. “So, I won’t really have an answer in terms of what we did well and what we didn’t until we sit down and watch but that’s when we’ll make some adjustments.” 

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