Diary: Marlington set for grudge match

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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 41-23 win over host Poland Seminary last week, Hill caught two passes for 90 yards and brought his season rushing total to 542 yards. He is averaging 9.5 yards per carry and has eight touchdowns.

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

It feels great to be 3-0.

It feels to me as though the Dukes are on their way to repeating last year's undefeated season.

We won over Poland 41-23. Poland's ability to stifle our triple option and run-oriented offense forced us to make adjustments early on.

We converted to the passing game, which has helped diversify and balance our offense. This will be crucial for our next opponent Thursday — the Louisville Leopards.

The Louisville-Marlington game is one of the biggest rivalry games in Ohio, which usually dictates the Northeast Buckeye Conference champion. Last year we capitalized on our winning streak and defeated them at home in front of a Marlington record of about 8,000 in attendance.

This year's game is being held at the Leopards' new stadium and the game is on a Thursday. We wouldn't be surprised to see 15-20,000 people show up. This game is going to be televised in four states and is the game of Ohio.

Not too many times in life you get to say you did something perfect, let alone twice. Not many times as a 17-year-old boy do you and your team get to compete on a stage surrounded by 20,000. For my team many of this has potential to come true.

The last two seasons have been advantageous in building a program, from bottom up. In the past years, a 6-4 season was a great season. Most of Marlington's tradition has been set by being everybody's homecoming game. The opponents sought us to be an easy win. The word "program" didn't exist in the past. Marlington was guaranteed countless losses year after year.

Now Marlington is known as one of the top competitors in Ohio for all divisions. We are known as having one of the best backfields in the state. On top of that, we have produced three DI recruits.

With all that said it's funny to see how far we have come, and how that means nothing if, after 15 weeks, you come home ringless. That's what keeps us hungry. That is football.


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