Diary: Senior season ends too soon

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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 last game of the season, a 27-21 victory over neighboring Alliance, Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He finished his season with 185 carries for 1,409 yards and 16 TDs.

Read below to see what Alden had to say in another installment as he nears his departure from high school and starts preparing for life in orange and white.

The Marlington Dukes had their last home game and game of the season last Friday with a 27-21 win over Alliance. It was a great way to end our season but it was unfortunate with an 8-2 record we were unable to make it to playoffs.

This was the first time I had ever heard of a team with such a prominent record falling short of the playoff picture.

Devastating is a very extreme understatement to describe how the community and players feel. To know your senior season has ended up on such a bad note after all the expectations and all of the history we made in the past few years is not disappointing, but more sickening than anything. The only thing that gives me closure is knowing every game I left it out there on that field and every one of my brothers, on that field, did as well.

It is sad to say good-bye to high school football, the thing that has made made me who I am and created a name for me, for it has run it's course. It has given me an opportunity to get a free education, help others in need around me, and to help bring a dying community together.

I'm grateful of everything I have gained from this experience but most appreciative of how it matured me and molded me into a man despite my father's absence.

I have always been one to take life in chapters and I'm excited to focus on beginning a new one in Knoxville, starting in January. Football has been a great journey so far, but in my eyes, it's impossible to see the end from here.

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