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Senior Spotlight: N. DeSoto’s Delmonte Hall a Luke Bryan fan

North DeSoto running back Delmonte Hall rides Brown Sugar, his Thoroughbred horse.

North DeSoto running back Delmonte Hall rides Brown Sugar, his Thoroughbred horse.

North DeSoto's Delmonte Hall runs for yardage against Neville.

North DeSoto’s Delmonte Hall runs for yardage against Neville.

When it comes to horsing around, Delmonte Hall does his best work away from the football field with an Arabian and a Thoroughbred.

The North DeSoto running back, who hits the line like a freight train and runs through tackles with abandon, rides both horses at various times on trails around east Texas, Coushatta and other exotic points in the area.

“Me and my friend, Deon Thomas, like to get in the dirt,” said Hall, a Northwestern State commit.

Although Griffins’ football coach Scott Abernathy tries to keep Hall away from the horses during the season, Hall has been thrown a time or two.

“Believe me, it’s a lot tougher to get thrown from a horse than to get hit by a linebacker,” said Hall. “If you’ve ever ridden a horse much, you’ve been thrown from one.”

Most of the throwing between the lines comes from Hall, who has amassed 15 touchdowns, 506 rushing yards and 700 all-purpose yards in the first three games of the season. His best game of 2016 may have come in the Griffins’ 34-33 loss to Many Friday night. He posted a 22-for-213 effort against the No. 2 Tigers (3-0) with five scores.

“It was a real tough, physical game,” said Hall, a Times Best of Preps honoree and Times All-Area offensive player of the year. “We fought very hard but we came out on the wrong side, although our defense made some plays.”

The Times The All-Area offensive player of the year Delmonte Hall of North DeSoto will be on display Friday night at the DeSoto Parish Jamboree.

The Times The All-Area offensive player of the year Delmonte Hall of North DeSoto will be on display Friday night at the DeSoto Parish Jamboree.

A lot of Hall’s success is due to hole-openers like Dusty Hein, Payton Thomas, Nick Burchell, Christian Procell and Hayden Procell. But Hall is known to do a lot on his own as well. His pile-driving legs allow him to shake off all but the most committed tacklers.

Hall is serious about his football, so he approaches horseback riding as a relief – a way to take his worries away from a week of maintaining a 3.5 grade point average and avoiding would-be hitters.

“Riding is just about staying in the saddle and keeping control of your horse,” he said.

Hall doesn’t sing in the school showers, much to the delight of his Griffin teammates, but he does like to bellow out a tune while showering at home. The tunes he likes the most come from Jason Aldean, Jeter Jones and Luke Bryan.

Luke Bryan is one of Delmonte Hall's favorite singers.

Luke Bryan is one of Delmonte Hall’s favorite singers.

“I sing country or a little blues,” he said. “I love Luke Bryan’s music.”

The Griffins (2-1) are heading into District 1-4A play Friday with a visit to the Bossier Bearkats, followed by a home date with defending champion Benton.

“I see us going undefeated in district play,” Hall said. “Everyone considers us the underdog, but we work harder than anyone.”

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