Hall of records
Over the last two weeks Northwestern’s Harry Hall added two more chapter in what has been a storybook career.
In a gritty, come-from-behind win over Salisbury two weeks ago, Hall once again had all the right moves. The senior rushed for 191 yards on 32 carries and two critical scores in the 30-21 victory.
He followed that up with another record-breaking performance. In last week’s win over Southern Lehigh, Hall scored three touchdown to eclipse Brett Snyder’s career touchdown record. He now has 52 career scores, including 48 rushing touchdowns. He is still one behind Snyder in rushing touchdowns.
He is also tied with Snyder for the career solo tackles record of 135.
He has cemented himself as one of Northwestern’s all-time greats.
The accomplishments also didn’t come as a surprise to Tiger head coach Josh Snyder, who is Brett’s younger brother.
“Harry’s had a lot of those type of games over the course of the last three years,” Snyder said of Hall. “This year, he has a little bit more on his plate, I think, because we don’t quite have the athletes surrounding him that we did in the past, though we still have very capable guys.
“The league is also a lot better, so we’re counting on him to carry the ball anywhere between 20-and-30 times each and every week. What’s difficult about that is the fact that the other team knows that, too, so they’re putting a lot of guys at the line of scrimmage and he knows he’s running into a loaded box.”
After leading the Tigers in rushing yards (1,694), carries (210), rushing touchdowns (15), solo tackles (46) and sacks (6) last year, Hall has taken on an even bigger role for Northwestern during his senior campaign.
Through the first six weeks of the season, Hall is second in the TN area with 925 yards rushing and third in touchdowns with 13.
Though he may not be so much of a vocal leader, Hall has no problem letting his play speak for itself.
And he knew his team needed everything he had last Friday against a dangerous Salisbury team if Northwestern was to keep its postseason hopes alive.
While his offensive exploits are well-documented, Hall also prides himself on being a standout player on both sides of the ball, and it shows. Against Salisbury, Hall became the eighth player in Northwestern history to reach 300 tackles.
“We’re not really like the bigger schools that can have guys that don’t start on both sides (of the ball),” said Hall, who has started at linebacker since his freshman season. “So it’s really important for every single guy to be able to play both ways.
“It’s been a big deal to have guys step up, because going both ways you know there will be guys that get injured since they’re on the field twice as much. We just have to be able to step up where others can’t.”