Oconee County football welcomes new head football coach Ben Hall. After spending his last five years at Flowery Branch High School, he’s gotten accustomed to what Warrior football is all about.

“As far as coming into a program that’s been successful, we’ve tried not to change much,” Hall said. “We have to make it our own, but at the same time, we want the kids to feel a sense of consistency.”

Hall wants to build off their 10-2 record from last season. As much as a coach guides their players through an entire season, Hall has also valued the leadership his upperclassmen have brought this off-season.

“We have a great class of seniors. There’s about 24 of them, and they’ve been awesome,” Hall said. “I lean on them as much as they lean on us as coaches.” 

Hall has tried his best to give his large senior class a voice due their experience in the program.

“I ask them questions like ‘What are you guys used to?’ and ‘How do you feel?’” Hall said when asked what the senior leadership means to his program. “I get their opinion on any changes that we make. I run them by those seniors first. I believe in giving those kids a say, especially the ones that have been here for four years.”

He emphasized the importance of a senior class setting a foundation for the younger players.

“Every year, you have graduation, and everyone loves to talk about what you’ve lost. You’d like to think those kids have served as leaders for four years,” he said. “That way by the time they graduate, the ones that are behind them are ready to step into their spot.” 

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