Diary: Nearing the end

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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 thrilling 29-28 come-from-behind victory over West Branch last Friday, Hill ran for 58 yards to bring his season rushing total to 1,261 yards. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and has 14 touchdowns.

Read below to see what Alden had to say in another installment as he and his fellow Dukes host Northeastern Buckeye Conference foe Alliance with a spot in the playoffs on the line on Friday night at 7.

As the season is coming to the end, our team is facing harder battles than we could have expected in Week 10.

Our team currently sits at 7-2 and it would take a bunch of scenarios to work for us to make playoffs. We play our hometown rival this week and we intend on beating them for the last guaranteed game of our season.

As the weather gets colder and our practices, in the future, start to dissolve, you start to realize the time that has past is lost for good. You begin to notice how much you have really taken for granted during this four-year ride.

I've noticed that the friendships and memories I have made in high school become, just that. I notice the sports I have played have only been a small fraction of what my high school career consists of. That for the most part I have been meeting new people and strengthening the alliances with those that already exist.

In a weird way high school encourages and conditions you to meet new people and learn new things, yet to push you away after your time is up.

Our Coach Miley always says, "You will never get these times back with your teammates so enjoy them." Unfortunately he is correct.

In Tennessee I will meet new friends and make new relationships, but I won't be able to turn to them and say, "Hey! Remember in third grade...?"

That history will die in time, until then I want to pretend they are immortal.

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