Hills Off To Strong Start

Perry Hills committed to Maryland during an official visit to College Park in June. Even though he has a big senior season ahead, which includes a legitimate shot at a state title, he is still keeping a close watch on his future school.

Perry Hills led his Central Catholic team to an impressive 20-17 win over a very tough Archbishop Wood team on Sunday—arguably the toughest team he and his Viking teammates will see this season.

Hills completed 5-of-12 passes for 116 yards in the win, but it was a long run at the end where Hills was most impressive. It was a play that helped clinch the win. Facing a third-and-short inside his own 20, Hills called his own number on a quarterback sneak. The goal was to get just a few yards. Hills turned it into a 69-yard run. He was close to breaking it the whole way, but was knocked out of bounds at the last second. He also completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to fellow Maryland commit Anthony Nixon.

Hills also said it's a play his team works on in practice from time to time. He never imagined he would gain so many yards on such a play, let alone help seal up a win.

"I was just thinking first down, and whenever it opened up, I was just filled with joy," Hills said. "We always know that's going to be a big play. We didn't use it in any other scrimmages so (Archbishop Wood) wouldn't see it. I'm just glad that we came out with a win."

He also said there's no feeling better—aside from the dramatics involved with the game—than simply starting off 2-0, regardless of how prestigious the opponent is.

"It feels great," Hills added. "It's good to know that with all that hard work during training camp and everything. We get something out of it. We still have a lot of work to do. We have to get better each week."

Hills followed that up in week two, throwing for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-7 win over Bethel Park on Friday night.

Committed to Maryland since June, he's getting more excited to set foot on Maryland's campus for the next four years. He keeps in close contact with the Terrapins coaching staff.

"Coach Gattuso talked to me this week," Hills said. "He was just talking about the Miami game, and that it was a good game. I just love the coaching staff down there. After I'm done with what I have to do here, I can't wait to get up there."

In a perfect world, he'd take the four hour drive to see Maryland compete every week. He might not be able to do that, but he's got his sights set on at least one trip.

"I'm probably going to go to the Notre Dame game at FedEx Field (on November 12)," Hils said. "That's probably the only one I'll be able to make it to. Other than that, that's probably going to be the only time I see them play live."

Maryland's new uniforms—including the ones they wore for the opener—are a draw for him and his fellow commits.

"Their new uniforms are sweet," Hills added. "I think they have the best uniforms in the country."

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