Posted On: 11/26/20 5:50 AM

If you want a couple of teams with a chip on their shoulder, look no further than the T.L. Hanna-Northwestern Class 5A Upper State final.

In beating Gaffney and Dorman, respectively, both the Yellow Jackets and Trojans dispelled the carry over from disappointing 2019 seasons and some of the early season nods those other two teams were getting among the talking heads as shoo-ins to reach this game. And T.L. Hanna and Northwestern both did it by sticking true to themselves.

These teams couldn’t look much different when the ball is in their hands. But they know what they have and know what they love to do.


What T.L. Hanna (7-0) does is often reserved for the lower levels of high school football these days. Amid spread offenses (ahem, look no further than the air raid system Northwestern installed more than a decade ago) running amok in South Carolina, Hanna’s wing-style approach is a run-first, run-second, run-third look.

The team’s leading rusher, J.J. Hudson, pumped in 182 yards and a score in the win over Gaffney. Kamren Johnson went for 105 and a touchdown of his own. But those are the only two constant forces.


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