With the Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year setting the tone, the Knights defended their title by going 5-0 in league games for the second year in a row.
For a look at how dominant Stuart Hall football has been over the past three seasons, look no further than this year's finale: The Knights controlled East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy from the opening snap, clinching a second straight league title with an undefeated league record.
The 60-6 victory marked the 13th time since 2014 that the team has scored 50 or more points in a single game, going 16-1 against Mission Trails Athletic League teams during that stretch.
On an individual level, top playmaker in the league Jorim Powell proved to be a duel threat. In addition to throwing for 759 yards with 10 touchdowns, he was also dominant as a ball carrier, rushing for almost 1000 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 14.3 yards per carry as a sophomore. Jorim was named the league's MVP.
Seniors Jeremiah Sullivan and Alex McDonald, and juniors Kelvon Golson and Nicholas Watts join Jorim as First Team All-League players. Rich Robinson was named the MTAL Coach of the Year.
In a move that will give the team a postseason opportunity while creating a natural rivalry with Branson, Knights football will move to the North Central III South league next year, according to Athletics Director Charley Johnson.
"The change will align all our teams in the North Coast Section and ensure that games are played in the North Bay, which is easier to get to than the Peninsula," he says. The winner of the league championship will play a bowl game against the North Central III North champion.
"Back-to-back league championships is special and I couldn't be prouder of the way the coaches and players have built a culture of team-first success," Charley says. "We are very excited about the opportunity to keep it going next year."
Photo credit: Courtesy of Genaro Vavuris