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Eye on the Gridiron:  Hill focused on fall
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jun 26, 2014 | 168 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the past couple of years, I’ve said this one thing about the Winona Tigers – the offense will go as far as Marlo Hill can take them. This year, he’ll have one more chance to show that he can lead the team back to that above .500 record and the possibly the postseason.

“This year, the goal is to be playing deep into fall,” Hill said. “But what we as a team have to do is be focused and prepared.”

Since coming into the picture his sophomore year, his best so far as a Tiger, where he finished the season with nearly 800 passing yards and 550 on the ground, Hill’s showed Winona what he is capable of doing. But there was last season.

The Tigers finished the season with a 2-9 record and was out of the 3A playoff picture.

“That’s something we have to forget about,” Hill said. “We have to flip it around and get back to winning around here. This is Winona.”

Hill feels the new look for the football team is going well, and he admires new head coach Joey Tompkins and new offensive coordinator Steven Edwards.

“You have to work hard for Coach Tompkins; that’s just the way he coaches,” Hill said. “He pushes you to get better. I really like Coach Edwards. He’s pretty cool, and his playbook is amazing.”

Tompkins sees Hill as the leader that the team needs and said he is an extremely athletic player with a good attitude.

“He’s a hard worker,” Tompkins said. “You like to see that in a 17-year-old. He wants to get better.”

Hill will agree that he wants to get better and feels that the Winona Tigers surrounding cast is getting better as well.

“I want to be that leader for this team this year, especially for the younger guys,” Hill said. “But have some experienced guys too. D.C. Olton is back, Ken Merritt too. Zack Carter, Teon [Thomas] will be back and we have Macario Sawyer, who will play a big role for us on the O-Line.”

Hill said as a quarterback, decision making is one of the areas he wants to improve, and this offseason he’s put in work on both that and getting stronger. Of course, getting last year out of his mind is a slow process.

“We’re on a mission this year,” Hill said. “The mission is the playoffs and get this thing back rolling. We see Facebook and Twitter and we know that folks have written us off, but believe me, that is motivation. We have something to prove this year.”

Hill is the son of Sharon Robinson and the late Marlo Hill, Sr.

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