McKenzie standout competes in all-star game

Published 4:42 pm Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jody Halford ended his high school football career with a bang.

The former McKenzie School standout helped lead the South to a 33-30 come-from-behind win against the North at the Alabama All-Star Sports Week.

“It was a great experience,” Halford said. “When they asked me to play my first thought was that it’s been two months since I played and I was worried that I might not be in good enough shape to play a game, but once I got up there I really enjoyed it.”

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Halford, who played center during his career at McKenzie, enjoyed teaming up with former competitors.

“It was different playing with guys from other teams,” he said. “At McKenzie I played with the same guys from kindergarten all the way through high school, so it was a chance to play with other guys, but it was good.”

The biggest challenge for the Tiger offensive lineman was working out the snap with the South squad’s quarterbacks.

“At McKenzie our quarterback was used to the way I snapped the ball – my technique and how fast I snapped it,” Halford said. “At the all-star game we really had to work on getting all that down.”

While Halford, who helped lead McKenzie to a 10-1 record as a senior, will no longer be anchoring the Tigers’ offensive front, he doesn’t plan to be too far away.

“I plan to be at every single game,” he said.

Halford will be attending Reid State Technical College in  the fall and plans to study collision repair technology.