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Henry Brodnax – It’s his time

  • By Rob Grubbs
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  • Jul. 24, 2022 - 7:47 AM

Henry Brodnax – It’s his time

The Newnan Times-Herald

Things will look different for the Trinity Christian Lions offense this season.

Four-year starting quarterback David Dallas has moved to the next level and is in the quarterback mix at Georgia Southern. He took with some eye-catching career stats; Dallas threw for 8,846 yards with 92 touchdowns and ran for 916 yards and 20 touchdowns.

With all that production gone, why are the Lions coaches not pushing the panic button?

That is because Dallas took the time to prepare his backup to take over the reins of the Lions' high-powered offense. The starting quarterback for 2022 is Henry Brodnax; it is his time.

However, the Lions' season opener against Woodward Academy on Aug. 19, 2022, will not be Brodnax's meaningful game experience. In the middle of the 2020 season, Dallas left the game against Whitefield Academy with a slight injury. Enter Brodnax, who came into a 13-6 game in the third quarter.

On a critical 3rd-and-25 play, Brodnax found Danny Baird, who split two defenders and raced to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown.

The Brodnax legend grew more the following week when he got the start against Brookstone in a game that would decide the region championship in Class 4-A Private.

With just over two minutes remaining, the Lions were down 22-20 and needed to drive the field. To further complicate the situation, their starting kicker was out, and the backup was a player that Head Coach Kenny Dallas had pulled out of the cafeteria the week before.

The Lions needed a touchdown.

Brodnax led the team downfield for the winning score, culminating in a perfect 12-yard touchdown pass, again to Baird.

Dallas returned to the lineup for the next game, and Brodnax went back to the understudy, but his stint solidified the Lions region standing and propelled them to their 2020 state championship game run.

Last year, David Dallas was an ironman at quarterback and did not need any relief, but Brodnax did find time to throw four touchdown passes in some mop-up duty.

This spring, the Lions traveled to play Conyers to play Salem in the spring game. Although Dallas was on the sideline, he was not in uniform; it was the Brodnax show. On the sideline that night, it was evident that Brodnax had earned the trust and respect of his teammates.

It has been a journey for Brodnax, one he would not trade.

"I had a long time preparing for this, and I am ready,” he said. “I know the playbook and what it takes to lead the offense. This offense is about tempo, and I am comfortable with that."

Brodnax, who doubles as an outstanding baseball player, continued, "I want to thank God for the abilities he gave me, and I want to thank Coach (Lance) Duncan and all the coaches for believing in me." He also acknowledged the time his parents, Angela and Hal, have invested in him.

With great opportunity comes great responsibility, and Brodnax has a lot in front of him. He will lead the Lions’ offense onto the field against Woodward in their first regular season game on Friday, Aug. 19. But he will also spend the season pouring himself into the next Lions starting quarterback to be ready next season.

At Trinity Christian, you always leave a piece of yourself to the next man up. Next year's quarterback will be blessed to have the opportunity to learn from Brodnax; there is no one better.