Hall breaks record; Tigers top Salisbury
On homecoming night at Tigers Stadium, Northwestern used a big performance from running back Harry Hall, key completions by quarterback Dylan Snyder and another special teams touchdown to pick up a 30-21 win over Salisbury.
Hall’s 191 yards rushing gave him 4,332 career rushing yards, making him the all-time leading rusher in Northwestern High School history. The previous mark was set by Brett Snyder, who finished his high school career with 4,281 yards. As usual, Hall downplayed the milestone, preferring instead to give credit to the players who helped him reach the mark.
“I’ve had a great offensive line my whole career, so I knew it was just a matter of time and great plays by our line and the backs making blocks down field,” said Hall. “They had a great defense today against the run, but our line was able to open the holes that I needed to get the record and we got the win.”
Snyder, who is the brother of current Tigers coach Josh Snyder, suffers from ALS, but was able to be at the game to witness the record setting night. Coach Snyder said that he’s talked with his brother not just about the record, but about the player who broke the record.
“We’ve talked a lot about Harry and the type of person that he is, the character that he has, the hard work and the selflessness,” Josh Snyder said. “He has a lot of the same traits that Brett possessed and I think he’s comfortable in the fact that a really great kid broke that record.”
Besides rushing for 191 yards, Hall scored two touchdowns, leaving him just two shy of Brett Snyder’s career mark of 51. Currently at 49 touchdowns, Hall is tied with his coach for second in school history.
Salisbury led 14-7 at the half, but on the opening drive of the secondhalf, Northwestern used 10 plays to move the ball to the Salisbury seven-yard line. From there, quarterback Dylan Snyder ran the ball three times and worked down to the one-yard line for a fourth-and-goal.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Salisbury defense swarmed on him when he went for the touchdown on fourth down and stopped him inside the one, giving the ball back to Salisbury.
“That’s our short-distance goal line play,” said Josh Snyder. “To be honest, I thought he was in on third down, and so did Dylan, but they ruled him just short.”
Salisbury looked to put together a long drive to put the Falcons in a commanding spot, but the Northwestern defense had other ideas. Quarterback Tevon Weber tried a keeper to give the Falcons some room to operate from, but linebacker Dylan Lobach flew in to close the hole, tackling Weber in the end zone for a safety to make it a 14-9 game.
“The play was wave left, so our [defensive] tackles wave left,” said Lobach. “He crashed the hole and there was a big hole for me to just run right through and make the tackle. It was all the D-line on that one. We were ecstatic and that just turned the game around and then Brett’s kick-off was amazing.”
Salisbury chose to kick the ball off to Northwestern rather than punt the ball. The kick went to Brett Schillinger at the 14-yard line and the senior wide receiver and defensive back did what he has now done three of the last four weeks: he ran hard down the field and into the end zone for an 86-yard touchdown return.
The win helps move Northwestern into position to play for the division title. Northwestern plays division leader Southern Lehigh (5-1) next week and plays rival Northern Lehigh (4-2) on the final Friday of October.