||Several large question marks loomed as the football team began the 2011 season. The team entered the season with a new coaching staff, a fourth form starting quarterback in Grant Smith (Royersford, Pa.), and only five returning starters in tackle Fred Santarelli '12 (Philadelphia, Pa); safety/receiver Adam Regensberg '13 (Pottstown, Pa); offensive guard Seth Reinhart '12 (Pottstown, Pa.); defensive end Gregor Davidheiser '12 (Vashon, Wash.); and linebacker Nate Mueller '12 (Pottstown, Pa.). A 0-3 start to the season showed the team’s inexperience, but in the past three weeks, the group’s cohesiveness and the experience gained all around has become evident as the team rides a three-game winning streak into the Blair Academy game on Saturday, October 29. With a 2-0 record in the MAPL, Hill is the only team with an unblemished record in league play and the team controls its destiny as it tries to win the MAPL Championship for the second time in three seasons.
“We lost our first three games in tough fashion as a young team and an entirely new coaching staff worked to get on the same page,” said new head coach Grey Simpson. “During those early weeks of the season, our goal was to work hard every day at improving our individual fundamentals. The opening MAPL game against Peddie was the date we were working towards.”
The team opened MAPL play with a 10-0 victory against Peddie on October 6 and the following Saturday improved to 2-0 in the MAPL with a 28-0 thrashing of Mercersburg. The team evened its overall record with a 27-21 victory over Poly Prep in the final non-league game of the season on October 22, avenging last year’s 33-0 loss to Poly.
Hill enters the home stretch of the season in control of its own destiny in the MAPL. Following the Blair game, Hill will host a strong Hun School on Friday, November 4 before concluding the season with the annual rivalry game at Lawrenceville on November 12 that continues one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the country, as the first game was played in 1887.
“We are excited to play the next two games here at home on the Dell Field in front of our home crowd,” said Simpson. “Heading into the start of this stretch it is nice to be the lone undefeated team left in the MAPL, but we know that is just a start. We control our own destiny, so we have to go out and replicate what has worked for us the last three weeks....playing tough, physical, hard-nosed Hill football.”