By Kris Freeman for The White House Tribune
(Bowling Green) – John Hall was a standout football player for the White House Blue Devils on two teams which played for the state championship from 1972-75. But the highest honor for the 1976 WHHS graduate came Saturday night in Bowling Green when he was inducted into the Western Kentucky University Athletic Hall of Fame.
A two-time All-OVC quarterback (1978-79) and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1979, Hall led two Hilltopper teams to the OVC Championship. He completed 50.1 percent of his passes for 3,876 yards and 30 touchdowns during his four-year career. He holds the school record (tie) with five touchdown passes against Morehead State in 1978, and ranks in the top five career categories in completions, percentage, yards, touchdowns, attempts and efficiency rating.
Members of the current White House High School coaching staff attended the event and the game, including Hall’s former teammate, Coach James Honeycutt, along with Coach Mark Lamberth, a four-year offensive lineman for the Hilltoppers in the late 1980s.
While at White House, Hall played for legendary Coach Jon Collins and compiled a 31-5 record as a starting quarterback, while his team went 42-7 in four seasons. The 1974 Blue Devils completed the first undefeated regular season in school history and finished 12-1 with a state championship defeat to Walland.
Hall had over 1,000 yards passing and 26 rushing touchdowns for the Blue Devils, but also served as the team’s kicker and combined at both positions to score 37 points against Westmoreland in 1975, a single-game scoring record.
His 257 career points are fifth all-time, and he is second in career PATs with 76. He also played safety and had an 82-yard punt return versus College Grove in 1974.
As a high-school football star, Hall was First-Team All-Red River Conference for three straight years and the Middle Tennessee Player of the Year and Class A MVP his final season. He was first team All-State as a quarterback and safety and a starter in the Tennessee All-Star Game. He was the second player to letter at WHHS for all four years.