Harris and Lake Taylor get a Big Win

Norfolk, Va. -- Lake Taylor High School had a historic win last Friday against Phoebus. It was the Titans' first ever win over the Phantoms. Junior defensive tackle Nyquan Harris played a big role in the win.

Last Friday, Lake Taylor won its first Eastern Regional title since 1982. The Titans took out defending state champion Phoebus 54-0. Junior defensive tackle Nyquan Harris and his teammates dominated the Phantoms.

"From the beginning, we knew we had to come out and jump on them early," said Harris. "Then, we had to keep it up in the second half. We couldn't make the same mistakes we did last year, so we just came out and played our game."

Harris said the win was huge for the program.

"This win means everything," he said. "We had lost to Phoebus three times here (at Harbor Park). "It's just an amazing accomplishment -- especially for Coach (Hank) Sawyer (Lake Taylor's head coach) -- he does so much for us."

Harris felt good about his performance.

"I think I played fairly well," he said. "This was only my second game playing on both sides of the ball, so I'm still adjusting. Overall, I did pretty well, though."

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Harris has seen his recruitment pick up over the past few months and already has a top three.

"I have seven offers -- Clemson, Alabama, USC, N.C. State, Michigan, ODU, and Virginia Tech," Harris said. I'm hearing from everyone, though."

"My top three schools in order are Alabama, USC, and Clemson."

He has not made any trips to schools this fall, but already knows of two schools he will check out after the season.

"I haven't taken any visits this season," he said. "But I plan on going to Alabama in January and USC in the summertime."

He has a tentative timetable for a decision.

"I should have my list of schools narrowed down in January of my senior year," he said. "I want to make my decision on Signing Day."

Next up for Harris and Lake Taylor, is a battle in the state semifinals with North Stafford this Saturday.

With the Titans two games away from a state title, Harris knows what it will take for them to be successful.

"We just have to continue to give a lot effort and continue to work hard," Harris said. "Everyone has to be on the same page."

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