Hill Blazes the Trail to Yates' New Glory

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Houston Yates offensive lineman Chris Hill. This is a TPI Premium article.

Getting back to dominance is on the minds of most of the players at Yates High School. It was 1992 when the Lions squad advanced to the state game, losing to Temple 38-20. Seeing that was a long time ago the 2009 squad wants to bring the past to the present.

And for offensive lineman Chris Hill, he feels like it is time.

"Seeing that last year we had so many losses, we felt like this was the year to redeem ourselves," Hill said of the 2009 Yates team 9-1 record. "So we already knew that this was a redemption year. It's time to get Yates back to where it was.

"We are coming to dominate everybody."

And that last regular season win over Waltrip put the icing on an already solid showing with a 44-14 victory and a district title to go with it.

For Hill, the real test starts now. He knows the rich history of the Yates program and wants to see it flourish once again.

"Yates has been a powerhouse for a long time, but a Yates team hasn't been past the third round of the playoffs in like 10 years," Hill said. "So that is the first goal. Then we want to get to state."

While that is more than a few weeks away, off top, Yates will have to get through Booker T. Washington first in bi-district play. One of the main traits of this Yates team is its ability to run the football.

This season, the Lions are averaging over 300 yards a game on the ground, led by running back Reginald Perry who has over 1,400 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. 

Hill sees the fruit of his labor when looking at the numbers his backs put up.

"They (the Yates running backs) athletic and they can't be stopped," Hill said. "Me, I just say that I am physical, aggressive and look to wear my opponent out. That's what I do."

And he will continue to do that as he has made the pledge to the hometown Houston team.

"I'm committed to Houston and I am sticking with it," Hill said.

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