Greenbrier East Spartans senior Grant Hall may have exhausted his eligibility on the football field, but that does not mean he will soon forget where his time was spent on Friday nights in the fall over the last several years.
The Spartans season was cut short due to COVID-19 as their regular season finale was canceled just hours before kickoff. To make matters worse, if the Spartans had won that game, there was a chance they would have gone to the state playoffs to compete for a state championship.
But there is no changing the past and all anyone can do is move on and that’s what Hall, the offensive/defensive lineman, has decided to do even though his emotions got the best of him a couple weeks ago.
“The initial emotions I had when the season was canceled was mainly sadness because I knew how hard the team, and especially the seniors worked for a playoff game,” Hall said.
The 6-foot-2, 261-pound senior knew something like that could happen at anytime during the year, and although he feels the team dealt with the virus professionally, he still thinks it was mentally challenging.
“Corona affected the team as a whole in a few different ways. The regulations were not as bad as anyone would expect after a few weeks. However, mentally it was tough to realize that our season could be canceled at any point in time.
Hall had set some goals for his final year, but his main one was a benefit for the team that regrettably, was unfulfilled.
“The main goal that I had set for this season was a home playoff game and unfortunately we were not able to complete that this year, but hopefully I will be able to see the team succeed to that next year,” Hall stated.
When looking back on his career and especially his senior year, Hall will always remember the unique circumstances.
“The main thing I will tell people about my senior year are the memories that I made with my former teammates and how we made the best out of the situation we were given,” he concluded.
Hall was asked about his future and he said he is planning on attending college next fall. However, he is still undecided on which school he will choose, but he does not plan to play football and will focus on his academics and being a regular student.