Panthers’ QB enjoys big day
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Kelly Hall was a member of the Averett football team when he put on an aerial show at Callaway Stadium in 2016.
Hall, then a junior quarterback, completed 32-of-46 passes for 388 yards with a pair of touchdowns to lead Averett to a wild 65-62 overtime victory over LaGrange College.
Hall also ran for 65 yards that night with two rushing touchdowns.
Hall’s season ended after seven games because of an injury, and he didn’t return to Averett for the 2017 season.
Hall now has a new home at LaGrange College, and as he showed on Saturday afternoon against Berry College, he can still make opposing defenses look helpless.
Hall completed 33-of-45 passes for 402 yards with two touchdowns, including one that covered 52 yards to Dj Owens.
While Hall looked comfortable when he was throwing out of the pocket, a lot of his success came when he was scrambling.
Time after time, plays that looked like dead ends were successful because of Hall’s ability to throw on the run.
Hall’s favorite targets were seniors Marcus Campbell and Austin Sapp.
Campbell, one of the most prolific wide receivers in the history of the program, had seven catches for 88 yards, and Sapp had seven receptions for 86 yards with a touchdown.
Jalen Trice and Tyler Benjamin each had four catches, Brendon Scott had three receptions, and Owens and Brantley Maulding had two catches apiece.
DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Defensive back Jamal Shakir had an active Saturday with a team-leading eight tackles, and he had two pass break-ups.
Elijah Robertson had six tackles, and Austin Wagner and Tre’Mon Moore had five tackles apiece.
Nick Searcy, a running back last season who has moved to defense this year, had four tackles.
Searcy has already graduated, but he is playing this season while also coaching the running backs.
BERRY’S BALANCE: While LaGrange College did it almost solely with the passing game, Berry College got it done on the ground, and through the air.
Tate Adcock completed 15-of-22 passes for 181 yards with four touchdowns, and the Vikings ran for 276 yards.
Six Berry plays had at least 29 rushing yards, including CJ Stone, who had 70 yards on 12 attempts.
The Panthers, meanwhile, managed just 15 yards on the ground, and they averaged less than a yard per carry.
DOMINATING THE SERIES: The first time the two teams played, LaGrange College beat Berry 28-27 in overtime.
Berry has beaten LaGrange College the past four years, though.
The 2015 game went to overtime as well, with Berry College winning 16-13.
The 2016 game was a shootout, with the Vikings winning 52-37, and they won last year’s game 28-14.
UP NEXT: LaGrange College (0-2) is off next week before hosting Apprentice on Sept. 22, and it will open USA South play on Sept. 29 at North Carolina-Wesleyan.