Picking up the pace

Henry Hill, who helped new Terrell ISD athletic director Darrell Jordan take La Marque to the Class 4A state title game in 2010, will serve as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers this season.

If everything goes as planned, Terrell High School football will have a different look and feel on Friday nights this fall.

Orchestrating the new offense is coach Henry Hill, who helped athletic director Darrell Jordan take La Marque to the Class 4A state title game last year.

"Hopefully it will be a lot of fun to watch," Hill said. "This will be a spread, uptempo, no-huddle offense with a lot of 3-wide and 4-wide sets. We will have a quick passing game which may be a little different from last year."

Hill brings 12 years of teaching and coaching experience to Terrell, with stints in Duncanville, Irving Nimitz, Dallas Kimball and La Marque high schools.

He said his approach to preparing students for life after high school is the same on the field and in the classroom.

"Teaching is teaching. The best thing you can do is just find a way to relate to the kids," Hill said. "If you are successful in the classroom, then you can be successful on the field. If you can be successful on the field, you can be successful in life."

While he is just getting to know his players through the summer, he already likes what he sees in their attitudes.

"My first impression is that it seems like a good, hard-nosed and hard-working group of kids. They seem like an easy group to work with," Hill said. "I'm seeing baby steps of improvement week to week in the 7-on-7 football, and you can tell that they all really want to get better."

The biggest hurdle Hill may have to overcome to keep his quick offense firing on all cylinders is having a small group of players to pull from.

"The problem right now is trying to keep from playing kids on both offense and defense," he said. "We are a little thin on depth on the line, so if we lose any kids that may put us in some plan-b situations."

That problem comes with being one of the smallest schools in district 15-4A, but Hill and the new staff are not looking for any excuses in the strength of their opponents.

"From what I've studied, the district is tough from head to toe, with Poteet making a name for themselves last year" Hill said. "There is no doubt that it is a tough district, but we are coming from a district where all four playoff teams went at least four rounds deep. We are comfortable in that situation. You just get to work and focus on the process, then the results speak for themselves."

Hill is a New Hampshire native, but settled in Texas after playing college football at Harding University in Arkansas.

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