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Justice Hill named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year
Little Rock Christian quarterback Justice Hill (3) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of Little Rock Christian's 52-38 win in the Class 5A State Championship football game on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Little Rock Christian senior quarterback Justice Hill, an Arkansas basketball signee, has been named the Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year.
Hill is the third Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Little Rock Christian Academy.
Hill (5-11, 180 pounds) passed for 3,084 yards and 37 touchdowns this season, leading the Warriors to a 13-1 record and to the Class 5A state championship. He completed 208 of 291 passes with 4 interceptions, while also rushing for 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns on 112 carries.
He was MVP of the state finals, a 52-38 upset of Pulaski Academy. He's also a finalist for the Landers Award, which is presented to the best player in the state.
“Justice Hill is the best athlete we’ve played against in several years, maybe the best in my 11 years coaching at Greenbrier,” Greenbrier Coach Randy Tribble said. “He’s a very smart quarterback and he can completely take over a game with his speed and quickness.”
Hill, who has a 3.25 grade point average, is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December. The Gatorade awards recognize not only athletic ability, but also good academics and citizenship.
Hill is expected to start practice with the Razorbacks basketball team later this month and enroll at the University of Arkansas in January. He will redshirt the remainder of this season and be eligible to play for the 2019-20 season.
He's also considering taking part in Arkansas' spring football practices. Hill's father, Fitz, is a former assistant coach at Arkansas.
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