Diary: Hill on the brink

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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.

Last week, Hill enjoyed a record-setting performance toting the rock with 315 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Read below to see what Alden had to say in his third installment as he and his Marlington (Ohio) High School teammates prepare to play Garfield on Friday night at 7.

The Dukes got their first win last week against St. Thomas Aquinas 46-19.

The day before the game we had a record of 785 tickets sold for our opener, this was an enormous jump from last year's 180 tickets sold. Those numbers are real impressive considering we are a DIII team.

We had a great performance by the underclassmen which really helped our team gain momentum early on. We face a tougher opponent next week, who is new to our schedule this year, Akron Garfield.

As fast as we welcome high school football it seems we say our good-bye to our dear friend, summer, just as soon. School is right around the corner for us, with it starting a week from now. To most kids this brings sorrow. The end of summer means no more pickup basketball games at the park, no more endless sleepovers and no more freedom as they live unstructured lives for that brief gap in their year.

In that three months they break free of school's dull repetition and for that time they get to witness the likes of adulthood, which one day they will grow to loathe.

For adults the end of summer comes as a relief. It means no more finding babysitters at the last moment to take their son to soccer practice, no more trusting their heathens aren't destroying the house while they sit in their office worrying, and no more sounds of whining phone calls in the middle of the day that remind them how bored their children are and how they don't have anything to eat at home.

Ironically, adults would rather deal with behavior phone calls from the school in the following weeks. But for a senior moving to college a semester early, I find it quite depressing. There will be no more sleepovers. No more "Mom trust me I can stay home by myself, I'm 14!" and most of all no freedom.

For the rest of my life I will be considered an adult, which is in reality, a summer's worth of pickup games away from being a kid.


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