Former Grovetown and Harlem football star Seth Hill started off his 2012 season with a bang. The 5-11, 200-pound sophomore running back broke loose for 144 yards on just 16 carries as Fort Valley State opened the year with a 31-23 win over Delta State.
Last season, FVSU managed to win only two games all year. This season has been a different story and Hill is a main reason for the team’s turnaround. Through four games, FVSU is 3-1 and Hill is the team’s top rusher. He has rushed for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 41 carries. He also has a touchdown pass among his four catches.
Hill rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior at Harlem High School before making the jump to Grovetown, where he was a first team All-County selection after rushing for 1,405 yards and 17 touchdowns. That is approximately 2,800 yards and 32 rushing touchdowns in just two seasons.
He might be underrated in terms of all-time best players in the county, but college coaches did not overlook Hill. He was courted by several solid football programs before signing with The Citadel. He spent 2010 there as a reserve running back but seems to have found a home at Fort Valley State.
The Wildcats returned an All-SIAC pre-season pick at running back in Travis Richmond. However, with Richmond missing most of the team’s pre-season workouts, Hill seized the opportunity. His 144-yard performance in the team’s opener came against a Delta State team that finished 11-3 last year and was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Among those 11 – a 27-7 thrashing of FVSU. Thanks to several key runs by Hill, the Wildcats turned the table on Delta State this year with an eight point victory.
Richmond has returned to the team but has been much less productive than Hill. Richmond is averaging 3.8 yards a carry and only 31.2 yards per game. In comparison, Hill is averaging a robust 6.1 yards per carry and more than 62 yards per game.
With Rodney Tyson playing well at Howard University, Hill flourishing at Fort Valley State and Jamal Cummings hoping to challenge for County Player of the Year, Grovetown is quickly establishing itself as a hotbed for running backs in Columbia County.