How Stuart Hall Came Back to Win the League Championship
How Stuart Hall Came Back to Win the League Championship

The Stuart Hall eight-man football team was down 16 points in the first half of a winner-take-all game against Branson, before mounting a comeback to finish its first unbeaten season in program history.

In a Senior Day matchup between two 7-0 teams, Stuart Hall beat league rival Branson on the last day of the season to claim the North Central League – South championship, finishing its first unbeaten season in program history with a 70-36 victory.

Playing at home at Boxer Stadium on October 27, Stuart Hall came storming back to take a 40-36 lead at halftime after an inauspicious start. The Knights trailed 24-8 before mounting a furious comeback with four first half touchdown catches by junior receiver Ryan Darwin. His magical day included another second half touchdown grab.

Senior quarterback Jonathan Newsom also produced a huge game, throwing four touchdown passes and adding 100 yards rushing and a fumble recovery for a score.     

With the win, Stuart Hall improved its record to 31-6 over the last five years under Head Coach Rich Robinson. The 2018 Knights boast the highest ranking in program history, finishing the season at No. 7 in California among eight-man teams.   

The team came away with six First Team All League selections this year, including the award for best offensive player presented to Jonathan. Here is a complete list of recipients:

First Team All League selections:
Alex Byrd — Senior
Andreas Camahort — Senior
Ryan Darwin — Junior
Roman Degliantoni — Senior
Mitchell Krupnik — Senior
Jonathan Newsome — Senior (Offensive Player of the Year)

Photo credit: John Metz