By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
For Mike Hill, Friday cannot come soon enough.
The former Matignon / St. Joseph Prep football coach is eager to begin a new chapter in his coaching journey this Friday, August 16th with Lexington High School – the team is scheduled to commence their new season with an 11:30 a.m. practice.
“We are really excited about the beginning of the 2019 season,” said Hill, who is eager to be coaching in the Middlesex League.
Hill inherits a talented Minutemen squad that has competed in the last three Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 1 North playoffs and is expected to once again contend for a sectional title in November.
“Lexington has had a successful run over the last few years, and this group is determined to continue what the team has done during that span,” said Hill.
For Lexington to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need to lean on their upperclassmen, including senior halfback and linebacker Kevin Xiong, junior tailback and defensive back Mason Hatfield, and senior wide receiver and strong safety Justin Siri.
Additionally, the squad will also rely on seniors Charles Mabardy, Ethan Xi and Nick Orf at wide-out, while Xi and Orf will also be expected to assist the Minutemen’s secondary.
Lexington’s depth at multiple positions will certainly help the Blue and Gold in their pursuits of a league title, but also a sectional and state championship, too.
Heading into the team’s initial practice, Hill says the focus will be on “the little things” – fundamental tackling, ball security on offense, and sustained drives – which he believes will help the Minutemen position themselves for a successful showing against Acton-Boxborough in week one.
“We certainly feel we have a talented bunch, but there are certain challenges we have to overcome,” said Hill. “We have a difficult challenge with the schedule this year (with two) tough non-league games against Acton-Boxborough and Concord-Carlisle, who are both well-coached and very talented.
“Additionally, the Middlesex Liberty division will be a challenge, too, so we need to focus on (playing) our best game week every week.”
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