It seems whenever his cousin is on the sideline, the St. Bonaventure High senior has a big game.
Hall's good luck charm worked again on Friday night as he broke off touchdown runs of 53 and 82 yards and intercepted a pass to help St. Bonaventure defeat Crespi 31-14 at Larrabee Stadium.
"When he is not here watching me it is hard for me to play hard because I really don't have nobody to play for," Hall said. "When he is out here talking to me and making sure I don't pout and stuff it really helps me out."
McCowan is in week 18 of his 22-week training course at the academy, and St. Bonaventure's revenge showdown with Crespi was the first game he'd been able to make this season.
Between frequent chirps at his USC-bound cousin nicknamed Birdie, McCowan managed to sneak in a few highlighted paragraphs of his academy manual.
"He is already good, so I just give him little pointers here and there," McCowan said. "I talk trash to him because even though we are cousins, we are like brothers and I have to be honest with him and tell him to pick it up."
It didn't take Hall long to respond.
To start his 53-yard touchdown run, he tiptoed down the near sideline before sprinting away from pack to give St. Bonaventure a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Hall's 82-yard run in the third quarter was the most dazzling of the game.
This time he used the far sideline, cut against the grain and bobbed and weaved his way through defenders until he reached the end zone to increase the lead to 17-0.
"In my peripheral vision I saw my blockers and I tried to slow down to pick them up," Hall said. "I kind of got tired at the end, but it came through."
After the run, Hall started cramping and needed his legs massaged and stretched on the sideline.
The Seraphs called out "Bird. Bird" for him to come punt, but he couldn't get up quick enough.
The conserved energy came in handy for the next defensive series when Hall intercepted a pass and was greeted with high-fives and helmet slaps before calling it a night in the fourth quarter.
"Unbelievable," St. Bonaventure head coach Todd Therrien said of Hall's performance. "He wanted more after his touchdowns, but he started cramping up and we need him more on defense. I know he would like to touch the ball every time and be a feature back, but he is a team player and is willing to spread the wealth."
Hall thinks McCowan might need another study break when St. Bonaventure plays Long Beach Poly in two weeks.
"This is just the start," Hall said. "We have got other games and I am ready to play hard."