Milford’s Hill Played with 2 Broken Wrists
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · November 29, 2016
Milford High football player Blake Hill played this season with two fractured wrists. Milford High photo
Milford High football standout Blake Hill said he was shocked to discover the nagging pain he played with for most of the season was actually two fractured wrists, and disappointed the injuries brought his senior season with the Scarlet Hawks to an early end.
"It was complete shock when I heard they were both broken," Hill told the Crier. "I had to have a small surgery on both, it was a lot to take. And with it being the end of my high school career, it's a tough thing to swallow."
The Milford High senior said he injured his right wrist during the first week of practice and played through a "nagging pain" earlier in the year. He broke his left wrist a couple of weeks later, he said, but played with both injuries through the seventh week of the season.
"Obviously, with injures like that, it inhibits your play," Hill said. "Luckily I had a good team around me and still played well. My team helped me out with that."
Hill's year ended after seven games and three 200-plus yard rushing performances, crediting his offensive line for the eye-popping statistics. He helped MHS to a postseason appearance after narrowly missing the playoffs last year, something he said was a major goal of his coming into 2016.
"I was happy with my play and the team's play," Hill said. "Making the playoffs was a big thing for us. It helped the program get back on track and hopefully it'll start a little streak."
Hill will play football at Yale next season. He said he watched the Bulldogs take on Princeton last week and was happy to see his future school end a nine-year losing streak against Harvard in the rivalry known simply as "The Game." Pointing to next year's strong recruiting class, Hill said he is hopeful the success against Harvard will continue and the rivalry will take a turn in the Bulldogs' favor.
A standout baseball player, Hill said he has not decided whether he will suit up next spring for the Scarlet Hawks or next summer for the Milford Legion Post 59.
Speaking before Milford's final game of the season, the Thanksgiving Day matchup with Randolph, Hill lamented the fact that he would not be with his teammates for the holiday game.
"It's going to be tough for me to stand on those sidelines, I have played in every Thanksgiving Day game since my freshman year," he said. "I know the team will do well. Coach (Joe) Todd has a good game plan."