High School Sports

Bobby Hall called out prep football on the Coast. People had a lot to say about it.

Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall talks to a referee during the fourth quarter of their game against Hancock at Brett Favre Field in Kiln on Oct. 27, 2017.
Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall talks to a referee during the fourth quarter of their game against Hancock at Brett Favre Field in Kiln on Oct. 27, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Bobby Hall has never been short on opinions throughout his four decades of coaching football, so it should come as no surprise that he had some interesting things to say Tuesday following his resignation at Biloxi High School.

Hall, who has a record 310-105 in 33 years as a high school coach, couldn’t come to terms with school officials on a new deal to keep him on the job.

While expressing love for his players, he’s obviously disappointed that he won’t have a chance to finish what he started after three years at Biloxi with a record of 12-22.

“Coaching is a lot like farming,” he said. “We were about to reap the fruits of our labor. I love these kids. The next coach will inherit a really good football program for the next two years.”

Hall drew the most fire from folks when he turned the conversation to the state of high school football on the Coast.

“Down here (on the Coast), it’s like Conference USA or the Sun Belt,” Hall said. “It’s not the SEC West. It’s kind of mind boggling to me that back in the 60’s and 70’s that the best high school football in the entire state of Mississippi was played on the Coast. Now, I’m not sure if it’s not the worst.”

Hancock High’s running game mixed with some timely passing was enough to put three touchdowns up on Biloxi who made a late charge after an interception set up their touchdown to cut the lead to 21-19.

Hall is likely pointing more to the Class 6A programs in the area more than anything. When Hancock beat Brandon in the first round of the playoffs in November, it marked the first time that a Region 4-6A member had won a postseason game since 2014 when D’Iberville and Ocean Springs made it out of the first round.

Still, many Coast football fans took offense to Hall’s criticism on social media:

There were also plenty of people who came to his defense, including a football star at Gulfport, Karlos Dillard:

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