Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cross High School quarterback Branford Halls has signed a scholarship to play football for Charleston Southern University.
Halls, an All-State selection in 2012, led his Trojans to the Class A Division II state championship and becomes the first football player under Coach Shaun Wright’s tutelage to sign a collegiate football scholarship.
“We are extremely proud of Branford Halls,” Wright said. “We wish him blessings as he continues his education and football.”
Halls accumulated 1,218 total yards of offense last season and led the Trojans to a 38-26 win over McCormick to bring home the first CHS state championship.
“Winning a state championship was his goal the moment he knew he would be our starting quarterback,” Wright said. “His teammates respected his character and his will to work. The time he put in to study his playbook and opponent was unmatched.”
A year ago before football season began, Wright tells the story about how Halls came into his office and said if he couldn’t bring home a state championship in football to Cross, he didn’t want his diploma. On May 30, when Halls picks up his high school diploma he will be wearing his state championship ring.
“I’m excited about the chance to play,” he said. “I look forward to playing for Charleston Southern in the fall.”
Wright said Halls was more than just a good athlete under center.
“Every Monday morning he gave me his ideas on how we could attack certain teams,” Wright said. “We may be able to replace his athleticism but it will be difficult to replace his leadership. Winning a state championship was monumental at Cross, and for Branford to be the quarterback is just fitting for who he is as a person.”
Halls becomes the latest chapter in the storied tradition that is Cross Trojans football.
“We have had several players here at Cross to go on and play at the next level but it’s a first for me and this program and I am just proud and grateful for him and the example he has set,” Wright said.