QB Hill plans to fol­low Manziel


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high school foot­ball in Texas. He was el­i­gi­ble for the honor af­ter be­ing named the of­fen­sive player of the year on the Class 5A all-state team.

The son of former ma­jor league pitcher Ken Hill threw for 2,291 yards and 20 touch­downs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. He had 905 yards rush­ing and 20 more scores.

Car­roll lost to DeSoto 49-45 in the state quar­ter­fi­nals when Hill was stopped three times at the goal line in the fi­nal sec­onds. He al­ready had five touch­downs in the game.

A year ear­lier, Hill led Car­roll to the Class 5A Di­vi­sion I ti­tle with a 3629 vic­tory against Fort Bend Hightower. It was Car­roll’s eighth state cham­pi­onship.

“It was a great ride,” Hill said. “I’m hon­ored to say I was a quar­ter­back at South­lake Car­roll.”

Hill be­came the starter the fourth game of his sopho­more sea­son and had a three-year record of 36-5.

He had 11,375 ca­reer to­tal yards and 131 touch­downs — 67 pass­ing and 64 rush­ing.

“Kenny really rel­ished the role of leader, he really rel­ished the role of quar­ter­back, he really rel­ished the role of the game be­ing on his shoul­ders,” Car­roll coach Hal Was­son said. “I think that’s what made him spe­cial.”

It didn’t take Was­son long to no­tice the dif­fer­ence af­ter they put Hill on the field as a sopho­more.

Cedar Park’s Tr­ever Spohrer (right) and Thomas Hutch­ings tackle Lan­caster’s Demar­cus Ay­ers dur­ing their UIL Class 4A, Di­vi­sion I state ti­tle game at Cow­boys Sta­dium on Fri­day night. See for re­sults.

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