TL Hanna @ Williams-Brice!

Friday evening my girls were at a familiar place but for an unfamiliar reason. They know what and where Williams-Brice stadium is all about, but they had a hard time understanding why we were going on a cold Friday night. Answer: My hometown of Anderson and awesome high school, T.L. Hanna, was in the State Championship game is why!!!

I’m super proud of Anderson, S.C. and T.L. Hanna. Yes, we lost, but I was so impressed with the crowd that traveled two hours to Columbia for a game that was rescheduled for a Friday night. As I hugged and talked to old friends it was like no time had passed at all. That’s how it should be.

To note, the changeover between games at Williams-Brice is complete chaos. Further, the setting for the fourth game of the day is a complete trash pit. We were sitting and standing in three games worth of ketchup, spilled and unspilled drinks everywhere, and loads of orange cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I have no solution and am taking it in as part of the overall experience. That said, it was sticky and very gross. 

Friday night was amazing. It was crowded, freeeezzzing, loud, and exciting. It was one of those nights that is unplanned and nothing is expected and you embrace it as an experience and live it out the best it can be lived out. Fighting sleep and half frozen snot flowing, as we got in the car to go home it was one of those times when your kids say, “That was the best night ever, daddy!!!”

Thank you to the players, parents, coaches, teachers, staff, and all that is T.L. Hanna High School. While I’m proud of their football season, I’m grateful to what they provided for an amazing Upstate S.C. community. Personally speaking, I’m thankful to all of you for providing such a good time for my family. My girls are still talking about it.   

Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

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