With the way Kenny Hill is playing, Carroll (Southlake, Texas) has a chance at a record ninth state football title.
Hill passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns and ran for four touchdowns to lead the Dragons to a 73-23 defeat of El Dorado (El Paso) in the Class 5A Division I area playoffs.
Carroll has had its share of future Division I quarterbacks (David Piland, Riley Dodge, Chase Daniel, Craig McElroy, to name a few), but according to Carroll coach Hal Wasson, none of them was a three-year starter like Hill, who led the Dragons to a state championship last year.
“Kenny is a special player,” Wasson said. “It’s all attributed to his intense preparation, play to play, day to day, game to game. He stays in the moment. If he has a good play, he moves on to the next one. If not, he moves on to the next one.”
The son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Ken Hill has said he plans to sign with Texas A&M.
“All he does is make plays and win games,” Wasson said. “If I was a college coach, I know how I would play him. I want a guy back there throwing who knows how to win.”
For his effort, Hill leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Jason Alessi, Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Had 12 tackles, kicked five extra points and returned a kickoff 91 yards for the winning touchdown in his team’s 35-29 defeat of Muskegon in the state Division 2 title game Friday.
Brady Bradbury, Adair, Okla.
Ran 37 times for 208 yards and a touchdown and threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 playoff loss to Davis on Friday.
Ezekiel Elliott, John Burroughs, St. Louis
Ohio State recruit had 419 all-purpose yards in a 35-22 Class 3 Missouri state title loss to Maryville on Friday. He had 218 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 72 receiving yards, and 129 kickoff return yards and a touchdown.
Drake Harris, Grand Rapids Christian, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Caught eight passes for a touchdown and 243 yards, a state record, in a 40-37 overtime defeat of St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake) Friday for the Division 4 state title. Also finished the season with a state-record 2,016 yards receiving.
J’Vonte Herrod, North Cobb, Kennesaw, Ga.
Ran for four touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 42-14 playoff defeat of Hughes (Fairburn) on Friday.
Tyler Jones, Stephenville, Texas
Texas State recruit passed for 478 yards and eight touchdowns in a 56-24 playoff defeat of Kennedale on Friday.
Tanner Kingsley, Woodland, Beacon Falls, Conn.
Threw for a state-record 615 yards and eight touchdowns in a 62-26 defeat of Seymour, Conn., on Wednesday.
Brian Lemelle, Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.
Caught nine passes for 121 yards, setting a state career record of 251 catches in a 27-7 playoff defeat of Lanscaster (Pa.) Catholic on Friday. The previous record of 247 was set last season by Kevin Gulyas of Central Catholic (Allentown).
Brent Stockstill, Siegel, Murfeesboro, Tenn.
Playing with a torn right ACL, he completed 23-of-33 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-43 6A semifinal loss Friday to Marysville.