West Mifflin freshman running back Armand Hill had one of the best games for a WPIAL player ever in a 42-7 win over Hopewell Friday night.
Hill rushed for 495 yards and five touchdowns in the victory over their Class 3A Western Hills foe. West Mifflin states that he rushed for 499 yards, but either way, it is still the second most rushing yards ever in a WPIAL game since Mapletown running back Dylan Rush ran for 527 yards in a 48-32 victory over Avella in 2017, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Hill had touchdown runs of seven yards, 26 yards, 40 yards, 61 yards and 75 yards. He possesses attributes of all great running backs, such as his blistering pace and strength to break off tackles, but what separates truly Hill from other running backs his age is his vision. He had patience once he received the hand off and moved through tight spaces to create room between him and his defenders, allowing his speed to take over and a great performance overall against the Vikings.
This isn’t the first game that Hill has dominated in this season. He ran for 313 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout, 57-13 win against Quaker Valley on the road last Friday, Oct. 13, That makes it 808 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two games for the West Mifflin running back.
Hill, who stands at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, earned his first Division I scholarship from UNLV after that performance against the Quakers. UNLV offensive coordinator, Brennan Marion, has offered many players in the WPIAL, as he played for Greensburg Salem in high school and also served as wide receivers coach for Pitt in 2021.
The win for West Mifflin is their third in a row after starting 2-4 on the season, as they defeated Seton La-Salle, 26-21, at home on Oct. 6. They are now 5-4 on the season and 4-1 in the Western Hills Conference. West Mifflin faces South Park on the road next Friday, Oct. 27 in their regular season finale.