Austin Hall has been productive on offense and defense for Kamiak
Seattle Times staff reporter
Kamiak senior captain Austin Hall didn’t set out to break any state high-school football records, but he sure made a serious run at it last week.
The state single-game interception record is six by Ken Kay from Foster in 1952, according to state high-school sports historian David Maley. Scott Cooper of Ellensburg came closest to matching it when he had five interceptions in 2006.
Hall, a strong safety, had four interceptions, helping lead the Knights to a 49-7 win over Marysville-Getchell last Friday.
“He’s the kind of kid you can expect greatness from,” coach Dan Mack said.
He’s been very productive on offense, too. Also a running back, Hall scored on rushes of 33 and 34 yards and finished with 121 yards on 12 carries during last week’s game. Last season, he led WesCo 4A in rushing with 1,670 yards in 10 games. His dad, Todd Hall, thinks he can build on those numbers.
“He’s definitely been a true workhorse,” Todd said. “He’s only scratched the iceberg.”
On the third of his four interceptions, Hall returned it 61 yards into the end zone for Kamiak’s sixth score of the game.
“I just got really excited,” Hall said of his pick six. “I was kind of crazy. I wanted to get back on defense.”
Hall is playing defense more than he did last season, and he said he’s starting to like it a lot more. Two games in, Hall has collected five interceptions.
“This year, it’s all coming together for me,” Hall said. “It feels really rewarding.”
Although Hall also said he’s OK not having the big plays, it’s still fun.
“It was awful exciting for everybody, especially when he grabbed number four,” Mack said. “He worked for every one of them.”
Mack attributes Hall’s success to his athleticism and instincts, describing him as an explosive athlete who’s not only quick, but tough, too.
“They were very athletic interceptions,” Mack said. “He went out and got all four.”
Kamiak plays Shorecrest at Shoreline Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
• Bellevue running back Mustafa Branch came out with a shoulder injury last week that coach Butch Goncharoff said after the game didn’t look good. Bellevue has other backs to rely on, but this would still be a loss for the team.
• The Mount Si aerial duo of Nick Mitchell and Beau Shain seems unstoppable. Shain caught two of Mitchell’s three touchdown passes in last week’s win over Issaquah. The week before, in a win over Kennedy Catholic, Mitchell had four passing touchdowns, including a 69-yard touchdown pass to Shain.
• Decatur’s Isaiah Diggs had 145 yards rushing, 213 yards receiving and scored all five of his team’s touchdowns against Renton last Thursday. He also recovered an onside kick with 1:02 left in the game that led to his final touchdown in Decatur’s 32-28 win.