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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Versatile 'KP' a hit at linebacker

  • Four Quarters with Kentreylus Hill-Pates
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  • Three years ago, Bastrop High senior Kentreylus Hill-Pates was a promising wide receiver.
    When the Rams needed his services on defense, he reluctantly agreed to switch to inside linebacker.
    It was easy to see why the Rams wanted Hill-Pates on defense as he led the team in tackles with 122 as a junior.
    Slowed by a shoulder injury for the majority of the 2013 season, he has amassed 45 tackles through seven games. The good news for the Rams is that Hill-Pates appears to be getting healthy. Over the past two weeks, he has recorded 23 tackles, including a season-high 12 last week vs. Franklin Parish.
    Hill-Pates and the Rams are back in action Friday night, hosting top-ranked Neville at 7 p.m.
    FIRST QUARTER
    BDE: When did you start playing football?
    Kentreylus Hill-Pates: I started playing flag football as soon as I was old enough. To be honest, I don't remember which team I played for.
    BDE: What are some of your memories from your first season?
    Hill-Pates: I didn't know anything about football — anything at all. I was just out there playing.
    BDE: What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of football?
    Hill-Pates: My least favorite part is the long practices when it's real hot outside.
    My favorite part is when everybody's on the same page; it makes practice go by quicker.
    SECOND QUARTER
    BDE: What has gone wrong for the Rams defensively this season?
    Hill-Pates: We have some people not carrying out their assignments. When we give up a few touchdowns, some people give up. We've had too much arm tackling.
    BDE: What's it going to take to fix the defense?
    Hill-Pates: If we could just get everyone on the same page, carrying out their assignments, wrapping up and doing what coach says, I think you would see a big difference. We just need to start playing fundamentally sound football.
    BDE: What challenges does Neville's offense present for the Rams' defense?
    Hill-Pates: They use a lot of formations. Kavonte Turpin is real explosive and their backs run real hard.
    Neville has a balanced offense. The last two teams we played, Union Parish and Franklin Parish, liked to run the ball. This week, we have to be ready for the pass, too.
    THIRD QUARTER
    BDE: Do you miss playing wide receiver?
    Page 2 of 2 - Hill-Pates: I miss wide receiver so much. I would go back to wide receiver today if I could. I wish I would have never moved to linebacker, but I did it to help the team.
    BDE: How is your shoulder holding up?
    Hill-Pates: It pops in and it pops back out. It feels weird, but I don't let it bother me.
    BDE: What are the hardest hits you have received and delivered?
    Hill-Pates: The hardest I've ever been hit was when I got blindsided in the Parkway game. I had to come out of the game. I came back in the second half, but it didn't work out too well.
    I can't really think of a biggest hit.
    FOURTH QUARTER
    BDE: Outside of football, what is something you hope to accomplish during your senior year?
    Hill-Pates: I just want to get my grades up, graduate and be successful in life.
    BDE: Do you miss playing baseball?
    Hill-Pates: Yes, and I'm going to play this year.
    BDE: What are your future plans?
    Hill-Pates: I plan on going to college and hopefully playing ball. I plan to major in mechanical engineering or maybe physical therapy. One day, I hope to own my own business.
    BDE: How did you become interested in mechanical engineering?
    Hill-Pates: I've always liked to design and build things. A while back, I helped build a stable at my aunt's house. I just think mechanical engineering would be a good field for me.
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