Last year, the North Kansas City football team largely leaned on running back C.J. Price on offense.
The 2018 Simone Award finalist finished last season with 3,022 yards and 38 touchdowns on 314 carries. He got the bulk of attention after producing a monster season and seemed to be the face of Northtown football.
However, Brandon Hall is a player who may have been overlooked by high school football fans in 2018.
Hall may be the next big thing for North Kansas City this year. He showed that against William Chrisman Friday night when he rushed for 198 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns and has three receptions for 48 yards and another score in a 38-17 victory at home.
The young Bears had trouble tracking down Hall when he was in the open field. The Chrisman defense lost contain on him when Northtown quarterback Seth Mattly gave Hall the ball on an option pitch and he ran free down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown run with 6:06 left to extend the Hornets’ lead to 27-16. Hall later helped put the game away when he got around the Bears’ defense on the edge and raced down the left sideline for a 47-yard TD run to put the game away with 2:20 remaining.
“He’s been a stud,” Northtown coach Leon Douglas said of Hall. “He did this last year, too, rushed for a bunch of yards and caught for a bunch of yards. He’s a tremendous talent. He knows what to do with the ball in space.
“Sometimes people forget how great of a season Hall had last year.”
Chrisman coach Matthew Perry gave Hall plenty of credit.
“We didn’t execute sometimes. We had a plan to not let him run like he did, but he did,” Perry said. “Hats off to him. He’s a good kid and they used him well. They had a good scheme.”