Hardy cousins legacy will live on at McCallie
Win or lose, it's the end of an era for McCallie football. The Hardy cousins, DeAngelo and Jay, have been catalysts for the Blue Tornado program these last few years and Friday night will be their last game together at Spears Stadium.
"Man I haven't even thought about that it was our last game here honestly. Now that I think about it, it is going to be a special game. Me playing with Jay is always fun, he hypes me up, I get to hype him up," McCallie quarterback DeAngelo Hardy said.
"Him pushing me, me pushing him. Our last game together will be tough for both of us, but we'll probably be able to get through it," McCallie defensive lineman Jay Hardy said.
Family on the field and off, the Hardy's impact the game in two completely different ways. Jay's a game wrecker, listed at 6'5, 285 pounds. But the future Auburn Tiger is more than just a freak athlete.
"He loves his teammates and he loves this school. He's really motivated and playing his best ball right now," McCallie head coach Ralph Potter said.
DeAngelo, or as they call him, “D-Lo” is a game manager. In his third year as the Blue Tornado starting quarterback, their offensive success goes through him.
"D-Lo is just a remarkable individual and has been the heart and soul of our team for a while now. So, I'm not trying to think about what life is going to be like without them," Potter said.
Life with them, has McCallie one win from returning to the state title game for the first time in 13 years. A state championship is the goal, but the Blue Tornado program will forever cherish guys like Jay and D-Lo.
"Making it like, building a brand for our name. Then building a brand for McCallie as well. We can bring more athletes to McCallie and do what we did," Jay said.
"Honestly, it’s just fun because we get to go out here and do what we do best at our home field, so it's nothing new for us," DeAngelo said.