James Hill's six touchdowns power Woodstown past Haddon Heights
HADDON HEIGHTS (N.J.) - Prior to last season, James Hill, Jr. wasn't a household football name outside of the small community of Woodstown. The Wolverines tailback proceeded to open eyes with 1,374 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Hill's services also helped the Wolverines reach the South Jersey Group 1 final.
Now with eyes planted on Hill, the rising junior left no doubt with a six-touchdown performance in Woodstown's 46-19 win over Haddon Heights in its West Jersey Football League opener on Friday afternoon.
Hill accounted for 368 of the 549 total yards from the Wolverines' offense. He exploded for a school-record 312 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and caught a pair of touchdowns from Max Webb from 35 and 21 yards out. Hill’s four rushing scores came from 78, 1, 22, and 10 yards out, respectively.
“I got to give credit to my line," Hill said. "They’re in the trenches and put in the work and we just capitalized."
With Woodstown’s return specialist sidelined with an injury, Hill filled the void and broke off a few lengthy runs to establish quality field position. His ability to capitalize on special terms helped set up his own his scores.
Hill’s talents have also been catching the eyes of a few college programs.
“It’s early, but I have interests," Hill said. "I’ve had Notre Dame, Army, Penn, and a few other schools reach out and show a lot of interest."
Hill said that having all of these schools contact him is like a dream come true.
“Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to play Division I football," Hill said.
The Wolverines improved their record to 1-0 and will host Paulsboro in a pivotal WJFL Diamond Division showdown on Friday, September 9. The Red Raiders defeated Woodstown, 35-8, in the last meeting.