ANACONDA — Great players make great plays.
Anaconda High School quarterback Braxton Hill made a host of them against St. Ignatius last Friday with a shot at the postseason on the line. Copperheads head coach Bob Orrino was more than impressed with the play from his junior.
“Braxton was on spot,” Orrino said. “He was dropping dimes … it was amazing.”
Hill threw for five touchdowns against the Bulldogs en route to a 43-0 home victory and his explanation was as simple as he made his performance look on the field.
“The blitzed a lot of (linebackers) and (it was) pretty much just one-on-one coverage,” said Hill. “My receivers were open, I just hit them in stride.”
The most incredible part about his performance was that he was equally impressive on the defensive side of the ball.
Orrino didn’t miss that, either.
“Watch him on defense as a middle linebacker,” the coach said. “He’ll lay the load.”
Hill recorded 12 tackles and a sack last weekend to add to his offensive output, and actually enjoys the guts of linebacking more than the glory of play-calling.
“Just find the ball — go kill it — pretty much,” Hill said. “(On) offense, I’ve got to focus a little more. (On) defense, I just — I’ll go out like a wild man.”
The self-proclaimed ‘wild man’ is catching his stride at the right time. With just two games to play in the regular season, Anaconda needs to win out to have a realistic shot at the postseason. Performances like these are what the Copperheads need to play into November.
Anaconda will need to win this weekend as well, and Hill hopes to have similar success against Florence on Friday.