Hall leads Tigers to postseason
Running back Harry Hall has been "Mr. Consistency" for the Northwestern football team this season, averaging close to 130 yards on the ground per game.
So, it's no surprise that Hall's performance in week 10 earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.
Hall's numbers were impressive as he rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns en-route to the Tigers 28-27 overtime victory over Catasauqua. Hall's numbers may have been impressive, but what was even more remarkable was who he did it against.
Hall attained those impressive statistics against a Catasauqua team that was ranked fifth in the state in AA, according to the Pennsylvania Football News.
It has been quite a year for Hall and the Tigers football team, which Hall says is owed to the team's off-season regiment. Individually, Hall upped his own regiment, knowing his role would be a more significant one in 2013
"I dedicated a lot of time to lifting over the winter and a lot of us on out football team had a good year in track and fie;d," said Hall. "I think all of that combined made a lot of us better football players. Then we just kept working hard over the summer as well. Then during the season we just stayed focused and the results have been good."
Tigers head coach Josh Snyder saw the potential in Hall from the start while he was playing in the Jr. High and JV ranks. Hall was raw and with most raw athletes the question always is, if that particular athlete can take that raw ability and turn it into something. In regards to Hall the answer to that question is definitely yes.
"We saw the ability Harry (Hall) had while he was playing Jr. High and JV ball for us," said Snyder. "He was raw though, you could see the strength, speed, and explosion, but he needed work on his footwork and technique. That being said he has done a great job of working on those things and he has gotten better each and everyday and week at practice."
The Tigers football program has made quite the turnaround in 2013, going from 3-7 a year ago to 7-3 this season. They have qualified for the Eastern Conference Playoffs, playing that all important 11th game of the season on Friday night.
Hall once again attributed his team's success to their dedication to the program in the off-season.
"We just gave it 100% in the off-season and during the season," said Hall. "Our coaches talked at the end of last year about flipping our record and we made that our number one team goal. We just stayed focused and dedicated to that goal and fortunately we've been able to play well this season."
The Tigers put the icing on the cake to a much-improved season last Friday night. Northwestern took care of business against a Roughies team that had a 20-game Colonial League win streak. That's something the Northwestern faithful are surely proud of.
"Each and every one of these kids are better football players than they were a year ago," said Snyder. "That's all you can ask for as a coach. After last season we met with each kid individually and they all put team goals ahead of their own. That's what we have here at Northwestern, a true team. That's what football is supposed to be all about."