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What representatives from each Hall County football team had to say at the second annual Times Football Media Day
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From left to right, Lanier Christian's Spencer Sanderson, Coach Blake Anderson and Charlie Vera pose for a photo during the Times Sports Media Day at Liberty Utilities on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

High school football is officially back. 

On Wednesday, coaches and players from all 11 Hall County high schools gathered together for the second annual Times Football Media Day as teams prepare for opening day on August 23.

Here are a few of the highlights from a representative of each of the participating programs.


Quarterback Christian Charles on what gets him and his teammates through hot and exhausting summer practices…

"I don’t know how many people if you don’t love what you’re doing are going to say ‘I’m going to wake up today and I’m going to go run in 95 degree weather.’ But we love it. It’s what we do."


East Hall

Head coach Michael Perry on what it’s going to take to get East Hall into state playoffs in his first year with the team…

"We have to understand that every day at practice, we have to meet a certain standard, and that’s a battle you’ve got to face every day. ... If we do that, we’ll be in the playoffs. If not, it’s on me."

Flowery Branch

Offensive tackle and defensive end Colby Brookshire on the difference between this year’s Flowery Branch team and last year’s…

"The culture around our team has grown. We’ve grown together to become one team. Everybody — the receivers, the tight ends, the linemen — they don’t all just stick to their own groups. We’ve come together."



Head coach Heath Webb on not being satisfied with last season’s finish…

"Nobody has to tell us that last year was disappointing, because we lived it. We understand that it’s not who we’re supposed to be. Nobody’s more disappointed than us. The great news is this: we’re past that."

Cherokee Bluff

Head coach Tommy Jones on his experience in helping build the Cherokee Bluff football program…

"One of the biggest joys personally that I’ve ever had in coaching is being able to be a part of something like the Cherokee Bluff deal where we could start something from scratch and I could watch these young men grow and develop, not just on the field but in all areas of life."


Head coach Stan Luttrell on Johnson’s chances of success…

"One of the things that I’ve said since Day 1 is why not Johnson? People want to make excuses as to why you can’t win at Johnson. We want to give them reasons and show them that it can be done." 

Lakeview Academy

Head coach Matthew Gruhn on facing challenges…

"You’ve got a choice with a challenge, you either rise to meet it or you just kind of lay down. And I really believe this group believes in themselves. It’s a great life lesson. You’ve got two choices, and I think we’re going to rise up."

Lanier Christian Academy

Head coach Blake Anderson on his team’s backfield…

"Charlie (Vera) is going to be playing running back. Spencer (Sanderson) is going to be playing fullback. Some people like to have a thunder and lightning backfield, but we’ve just got double thunder."

North Hall

Senior safety Luke Volle on the mental benefit of winning a road playoff game last season…

"I think it just gave us a lot of confidence going forward, knowing that nobody has ever done that in our history. I think we all knew that we were very capable of it. I think it just sets the tone for this season and everything we’re going to do." 

Riverside Military Academy

Head coach Nick Garrett on Eagles quarterback Shad Dabney…

"Shad to me is arguably the best athlete in the state ... I thank God he’s on our program and we don’t have to defend him." 

West Hall

Head coach Krofton Montgomery on not getting intimidated by a tough schedule…

"I think sometimes you get looking at the logo on the helmet, and next thing you know, you’re afraid to play this team. You’re thinking ‘Oh wow, they’re state ranked. They have six D1 guys.’ But it’s been seen year after year that a great team effort, all 11 guys playing together, can overcome any sort of talent deficit that you may see."

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