Anytime you can get that monkey off your back it’s a good feeling. For football coach David Bishop, North Hall’s win Friday night lifted quite the weight off his shoulders.
North Hall made program history in its 41-6 rout of Lakeview-fort Oglethorpe in the opening round of the Class 3A tournament, becoming the first football squad to win a road playoff game in the school’s 61 years of existence.
“It feels real good,” said Bishop, whose No. 3 seeded Trojans move on to face top-seeded Cedar Grove in the second round next Friday night.
“The one thing I’ve learned in all my years of coaching, anything that looms over the top of you, the first time you get that win, it’s no longer a monkey on your back and it’s not anything people talk about anymore. Once that’s away, now it’s just a norm. So moving forward, we’re excited.”
North Hall (9-2) scored in all four quarters as it racked up 41 unanswered points and outgained the triple-option Warriors team 338-108 in total yards. JT Fair (10 carries, 129 yards) scored three total touchdowns to lead the Trojans. Meanwhile, quarterback David Seavey (67 total yards, two rushing TD) and Daniel Jackson (68 yards, TD) also found the end zone as North Hall accrued 317 yards on the ground.
On defense, North Hall held the Warriors to just seven first downs for the contest and recorded three takeaways, including interceptions from Fair and Jackson and one fumble recovery.
“Just a great performance all around for our kids, and I’m just proud of them,” Bishop said.
“We felt pretty comfortable knowing that for the next two or three weeks we’ll know what we’ll see (in the playoffs). We see that as an opportunity.”
Compiled by Sarah Woodall