Sunday, December 12, 2004
Hall caps brilliant career
Vic Hall concludes his high school football career at Gretna with a second state title and nearly 14,000 yards total offenses.
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They were the sorts of questions a football coach doesn't normally enjoy answering, not after his team loses 40-14 to undefeated Gretna in the Group AA Division 3 title game at Liberty University on Saturday. But the coach answered everything that came his way, even the hard ones. One question apparently wasn't so tough for him, though. Somebody wanted to know if they'd played anybody with a quarterback the caliber of Hawks whiz Vic Hall.
"Oh, sure," the coach said.
Then he smiled, broadly, probably for the first time all day, just to let people in on the joke.
For four years now, containing Hall has been no laughing matter. Poquoson is the most recent opponent to come to that conclusion. A 47-5 high school record including wins in his last 28 games confirmed the 5-foot-9, 175-pound quarterback's historical legacy.
The quarterback finished his career with 13,758 yards of total offense, the fifth most ever for a U.S. high school quarterback.
"I'll never forget playing football in high school," Hall said. "Never. It's been a lot of fun. I'll always remember high school by football."
They won't soon be forgetting him, to be sure.
"We make him look good, he makes us look good," Gretna offensive lineman Mike Hill said. "It's not often you get a quarterback like Vic Hall to play with."
Hall was typically unreal all afternoon, the fake grass at Liberty seemingly ideally suited for his quick feet and vertigo-inducing changes of direction. Hall had 138 yards rushing in the first half alone and ended with 178 yards on the ground.
The biggest part of that was a 75-yard scoot from shotgun formation for a TD that left a couple of would-be tacklers flailing like men trying to swat gnats with a croquet mallet.
"The hole just popped open for me and I ran through it," he said. "I got some good blocking down the field on the way."
Hall was 9-for-20 passing for 124 yards and two TDs. Two of the scoring strikes were to senior wide receiver Jason Myers, who finished the season with 16 TDs.
"You know Vic is always going to put it on the money," Myers said. "Even the ones he misses are catchable."