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Halifax lineman heads to Emory & Henry

Halifax County High School football lineman Josh Spainhour will continue his football career at Emory & Henry College, a Division III member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

A Second Team, All-Western Valley District selection at offensive guard this past season, Spainhour chose Emory & Henry over Ferrum, Bluefield and Averett.

Spainhour said Emory & Henry appealed to him both athletically and academically. 

“I was looking over the offensive line and how they do things, and it was pretty much the same as we do here at Halifax,” said Spainhour.

Spainhour, 6-4 and 235 pounds, played offensive guard for two years at Halifax County High School, and he occasionally spent time at defensive tackle and defensive end.

He reports to Emory & Henry Aug. 9.

Spainhour said Emory & Henry Head Coach Don Montgomery initially had him pegged for the defensive line, but he added he may see time on the offensive line under the tutelage of Hornets’ Offensive Coordinator Stan Hodgin, former Comets’ Head Football Coach.

“Athletically, and on either side of the football he will fit there size-wise,” said Halifax County High School Assistant Coach Garrick Vogt.

“The offensive line at the Division III level will match up with him.  We sold him as a defensive lineman to a lot of schools because he runs well and moves well.

“He could be a good fit there on either side of the football wherever they want him.”

“The biggest thing for any freshman is the learning curve at any college, just trying to keep your head above water, and finding a home is the best and most important thing,” Vogt added.

“Being away from home brings new athletic challenges, and the good thing about Josh is he just made a major move two years ago to a new place and had to fit in and adjust.

“For him, that part should be familiar.  We tell all our guys going off to college is show up in shape and they’ll do the rest.

“As long as Josh does that, he’ll be fine.”

“They’ll put some weight and strength on him no matter where they want him to be, so we think it’s a good fit,” explained Vogt.

“It’s a good academic conference, and any schools in the ODAC are going to provide a great transcript and great diploma.

“It will be a well-respected diploma, but it will challenge him.”

Spainhour, who plans to study pre-law at Emory & Henry, said his initial goal was to keep up with his grades and see where he could possibly start on the team.

Vogt feels Spainhour would be up to the athletic as well as academic challenges presented to him at Emory & Henry.

“We’ve had him on the football field for two years, and we know what he can do there.

“We know he’ll be successful there as well.”