Last week William Byrd quarterback Zac Hill helped the Terriers to their third consecutive win, following an 0 and 4 start to the season. Hill did a little bit of everything for Coach Jeff Highfill's team in the win over Alleghany, and he's only just begun.
Hill rushed for 108 yards and scored four times, while completing five of his seven passes for 142 yards and another touchdown. And sometime in between, he found time to make ten tackles from his defensive back spot. Just a sophomore, Hill competed for the starting quarterback job in the preseason and has now seized the reins.
"We had to ask more than we should have to start with. A sophomore competing at quarterback and has started or co-started the first several games, started all the way on defense and until the open week, he was on every special team except extra point. He's stepped up. We knew the potential quarterback wise. He may have surprised us at how he's grown as a defensive back," said Jeff Highfill, head coach at William Byrd.
"I was a little nervous when I first started. I knew I had to work hard to get the position. I've been working hard all off season, and it just kicked in last game," said Zac Hill.
Quietly confident, Zac has gained the trust of his teammates, and a big part of that is his accountability.
"The first couple weeks we had issues with turnovers, and he said, 'Coach, my fault. That's on me.' This last game was the first that he didn't have any turnovers, so we're making progress there," said Highfill.
The other coach Highfill, Jeff Jr., the former William Byrd and Bridgewater star signal caller has played a big role in Zac's development.
"He's helped me a lot since last year. And he helped me when I played JV my eighth grade year. He's helped me square the shoulders up and just throw the ball, don't aim. It's helped a lot to know that he was good when he was playing," said Hill.
Player of the Week - Zac Hill
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