October 27, 2008

Hill leads team into playoffs, talks recruiting

One of the top running back prospects in the state of Michigan for 2010 is Chelsea star Nick Hill. Standing in at 5-7, 180 pounds, he has already pulled in three scholarship offers. On Friday evening, the talented runner exploded for 228 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-28 overtime victory over Temperance Bedford.

Despite the impressive individual statistics, Hill was quick to praise his teammates following the game.

"I think I did a good job, but I've got to give credit to my offensive line," he stated. "Especially Jake Mantel, my tight end. We ran to the tight end side a lot. He was getting great movement and I made cuts off of him. Up front they had a tremendous night. They were creating gaps when I ran up the middle.

"The overall blocking, from the wide receivers as well, blocking down field, helped us get big plays."

Temperance Bedford found success rushing the ball against Chelsea, but never found an answer on defense for Hill. The Kicking Mules opened up the second half with a drive that lasted almost nine minutes, pulling ahead by 14 points in the contest. On the first play back in the game, Hill provided an immediate answer, breaking several tackles and dashing 60 yards for a touchdown.

He explained after the game his thought process to watching the defense work from the sideline.

"I was feeling bad in our defense that we couldn't get them off the field, but I had confidence in them," he noted. "Even while they were driving it down the field, I had confidence in our team. I was just trying to keep my body as warm as possible on this cold night."

With the Chelsea defense making a goal line stand as regulation time expired and another in overtime, Hill scored the game winner with a 10 yard scamper to the outside.

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