Friday night's 28-21 heart-breaking loss to powerhouse Concord (Calif.) De La Salle for Antioch (Calif.) was a slugfest of old-school, smash-mouth football, so it makes sense that Panthers linebacker Omari Harris -- a 2018 four-star -- was still all smiles even after the loss.
http://www.scout.com/high-school/california/story/1710219-game-film-naje... "Honestly, I can't even be mad," said Harris. "I knew that my team was going to stick with me, all the way, and they continued to fight, no matter how much we got down or what happened in the game."
The Spartans took a 14-point lead over Antioch with 11:38 left in the game, but a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Isaiah Dunn with 11:20 to go cut the lead in half. Another De La Salle rushing score brought the score to 28-14, before a 43-yard strike from Abram Karnthong to Isaac Freytes got the Panthers going again. A 21-yard Karnthong slant got Antioch to the four, where 2017 No. 1 overall player Najee Harris punched it in for a touchdown with 6:15 left.
But, then, De La Salle went on a methodical, run-the-clock drive, but after forcing three turnovers earlier in the game, Antioch was able to hold strong and force a turnover on downs. That left the Panthers time, but only enough for just two desperation plays, including a batted-down Hail Mary.
"If we take that intensity and go into our league, I feel like we can run through league," said Harris, grateful that the Panthers have a bye week to recover. The Spartans coaching staff felt the same.
"Man, it gives us time to rest, recover, watch film on our upcoming opponent, and gives us time to bounce back," Harris said.
The down time will allow Harris -- who's put recruiting on hold during the first six weeks of the season -- to return a few calls.
"I haven't really been talking to coaches. I've just kind of been under the radar, focusing on this," he said. "Right now, I'm focusing on school and football. I've talked to the Nebraska coach, and told him I'd come through [with a call back] on the bye, and I talk to the Cal coaches and tell them that maybe I'll get something on the bye."
http://www.scout.com/story/1708520-go-premium-today?s=166 Harris did, however, manage to tear himself away long enough to watch California's 50-43 upset of No. 11 Texas last Saturday.
"Now that I know that, I feel that they're a powerhouse team," Harris said of the Bears. "It would be a great school for me, and I'm going to continue looking into it for the future."
During the bye week coming up, Harris said that he will "probably" visit Berkeley.
The versatile athlete played both sides of the defensive formations, shifting along with De La Salle's fullbacks and tight ends, and recording five tackles.
"It varies on every formation we run," he said. "I flip from outside linebacker to strong safety, it all depends on what we're in."