It didn’t take long into North Hall’s 62-13 win over Fannin County Friday for Trojans running back JT Fair to realize what kind of game he was going to have.
Fair’s second touch of the day was a pitch toward the North Hall sideline. The execution on the play was perfect from the snap, and as soon as he caught the lateral, Fair saw nothing but green grass in front of him.
“There wasn’t really anyone there,” he said. “I caught the pitch and basically ran straight and scored. I knew it was going to be a pretty good day.”
As it turned out, “pretty good” was a bit of an understatement.
Fair would go on to carry the ball nine times for 238 yards, averaging a robust 26.4 yards per carry and scoring three times — while also adding 50 yards through the air on a pair of receptions — en route to becoming this week’s Times football Player of the Week.
Fair’s offensive explosion was a big piece of a historic game for the Trojans, as the 663 total yards the team gained as a whole was a program record. Fair said being a part of a multi-faceted rushing attack featuring him, Drew Faulkner and Daniel Jackson — to name just a few of North Hall’s weapons — played a major role in him finding so much running room Friday.
When you throw in quarterback David Seavey’s ability to break off big plays with his legs as well, the Trojan’s offense becomes a nightmare for opposing defenses.
“No one can just key on one person,” Fair said. “They have to account for everybody in our backfield.”
Each member of the North Hall backfield has his specialty, and head coach David Bishop said Fair’s football IQ and grasp of the offense is what stands out about him the most. Bishop said Fair’s knowledge of every player’s assignments makes him extremely versatile in a pinch, allowing him to sub in for just about any other member of the offense if an injury forces a player out of the game.
Fair’s football acumen has even rivaled Bishop’s on occasion.
“There’s been times where I had screwed up and he said ‘Coach, aren’t we supposed to do it like this?’” Bishop said. “I’m like ‘Yes, you are correct. Sorry about that.’”
Bishop added that Fair’s competitive nature has played a major role in the progress he’s made over the past year.
Fair has always been fiery on the football field, but his ability to “harness that fire in the proper direction” has helped him reach new heights as a runner this season.
“That’s something that I think is really, really starting to make him elevate his game, and it helps when people see him where he is now,” Bishop said. “I think it helps him as a leader on the team.”
But beyond that, Bishop said the humble way Fair goes about his business makes his success all the more enjoyable for those around him. Fair, according to Bishop, is one of the many members of North Hall’s team that makes coaching a true pleasure.
“For me, as a coach, when you’ve got good kids that work hard and are able to play, it’s kind of a perfect world,” Bishop said.