Friday was a bittersweet evening for Central Valley star safety/wide receiver Stephon Hall.
On one hand, the future Pitt safety and his teammates were able to achieve one of two goals that they set for their season by winning the WPIAL Class-3A Championship as the Warriors defeated Elizabeth Forward, 35-0.
The bitter part of the evening was that during the victory, Hall suffered an injury that in all likelihood ended his high school career. While playing wide receiver in the game, Hall caught a pass and was cutting across field and was tackled. Hall told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he suffered a dislocated elbow as he hit the turf.
PSN spoke with Hall Tuesday afternoon as the team was getting ready for their PIAA matchup this Friday against Bedford High School in Altoona.
“Yeah, me getting injured during the game was tough but the good thing was that our team won the championship which we wanted to do and now we’re able to move forward to play in the states,” said Hall. “When the injury happened and I feel on my elbow, I tried to get up by pushing on my two hands but I looked at my left arm and my left elbow was completely out of place. I walked off the field and that was it.
“I the doctor said I have a dislocated elbow and will most likely miss the rest of the season. They said that there’s a very, very low possibility that I can make it back for the state championship game but not very likely.”
Barring an improbable return to the field with his Central Valley teammates, Hall’s focus will now turn to getting mentally and physically ready to play for Pat Narduzzi’s program. Hall reaffirmed his commitment to Pitt but told PSN he’s not entirely sure yet on when he plans on joining his new teammates.
— Stephon Hall (@flueysteph25) November 17, 2020
“After the injury, the Pitt coaches were texting me to see how I was doing and how long I’d be out. They all wished me a speedy recovery and hope I get well soon,” said Hall.
“I’m still not sure what I’m going to do (enrolling early). On one hand, I’d like to get started but at the same time, I’d like to finish high school with my classmates and fully get to experience my senior year. There is the possibility that I could enroll early but I’m really not sure yet.”