Diary: Picking up the pieces

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A few Tennessee football commitments have agreed to work alongside InsideTennessee.com to diary their senior seasons and final year of high school. Alden Hill was among the first who volunteered to share some of his thoughts and his life with our readership.

In Marlington (Ohio) High School's 21-13 loss to Minerva last Friday, Hill ran for 122 yards to bring his season rushing total to 997 yards. He is averaging 7.9 yards per carry and has 10 touchdowns.

Read below to see what Alden had to say in another installment as he and his fellow Dukes host Canton South on Friday night at 7.

The Marlington Dukes lost for the second time this season to the Minerva lions, 21-13. This was another heartbreak for the team that has left us with a few unanswered questions.

I was sad to see the same thing happen to our Volunteers against the Bulldogs. I can't help but notice that perhaps in both cases, my team and the Vols, are struggling due to the young roster. I wish the best for the Vols and hope that both our squads can finish the season strong.

I'm so excited to graduate early and get down to Tennessee with the rest of the Vol family. I really am glad that I have found the perfect fit of a school, for myself to grow and develop at.

Each week watching the tangerine jerseys run through the T, I still somehow manage to get chills. I truly believe becoming a Volunteer has been one of the best decisions of my life.

My football team is left with one question: "How do we want to be remembered?"

This whole season the expectations, of us, kept rising each week. The target on our backs grew bigger in the process. With all of this pushed to the back of our minds, we have fallen susceptible to mistakes. The mistakes happen every game; some mistakes bigger than others.

The league title is not visible to us anymore but our remaining three games, if won, will make a playoff run appear clearer.

We can be the team who gave up when it seemed expected and easy, or we can corner adversity and fight it until surrenders.

How will we be remembered?

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