Coach Ben Hall who is fifth in the state in winning percentage among active coaches with at least seven seasons experience will have his team ready as he has all season long. Hall’s late father Bill was a hard-nosed high school offensive line coach who worked many years with Lee Shaw. Hall would later work with the legendary Shaw himself as well as another one of the state’s all-time greats in T. McFerrin before replacing him as the head coach at Jefferson. Three years ago, he returned to Flowery Branch and has gone 23-7.
But this season threw Coach Hall a curve ball. This was going to be a high-powered, light-it-up offense with big-armed Gainey running the show. That all ended when Gainey blew-out his knee in the Falcons’ preseason scrimmage. But it did not end Flowery Branch’s season.
They turned to sophomore David Renard, who became the manager of an offense that focused on handing the ball off to junior Jaizen Ellingham, who has rushed for 700 yards and 16 touchdowns behind a solid offensive line led by Center Dylan Bailey one of three seniors in the interior.
On the defense the Dial-Watson twins, Chase and Chandler, have played side-by-side at safety and racked-up 90 tackles and seven interceptions between them. Their dad Chesley is the Falcons’ boys’ basketball coach but the pair are likely going to end-up playing college football next season. Perhaps at Austin Peay or Murray State. Maybe together. Maybe apart.
So, it should be another fantastic Football Friday in Georgia as we are down to our final three weeks of the regular season. Be sure to join us. Our coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. on GPB with Wayne Gandy, Jon Nelson, Hannah Goodin and me bringing you all the action.