Harp's piling up the tackles

Dutchtown High School is 2-0 and ranked No. 5 in Louisiana's 5A classification, and senior LB Cole Harp is leading the team in tackles thus far. Find out what Harp has to say about the quick start of the Griffins and where he's heading this weekend.

"I'll tell you, our offense helped put us up by 28 points," said linebacker Cole Harp concerning Dutchtown's 42-35 win over West Jefferson last weekend, "and we gave up a few points in the second half.

"They (West Jefferson) were a really good team. They had confidence and hype after beating St. Augustine the previous week. Their offense is strong, but we're supposed to have a really good secondary. We had some breakdowns in coverage and our defense got tired."

Through two games, Harp has been a tackling-machine.

"I looked at the production chart and I have 23 tackles - 18 solo," he said. "I also have an interception and a fumble recovery. I had more tackles against West Jeff than against Lutcher, because our offense controlled the clock against Lutcher.

"On the interception, Lutcher had driven down to our 20 and I picked them off and returned it to the 40."

What's the level of excitement concerning the football program at Dutchtown this year?

"Before the season, everybody said that we were supposed to be good," Harp said, "and the crowd was packed at the West Jeff game. Our next game is at Thibodaux and the crowd should travel with us.

"Last year, my first play on the varsity level was against Thibodaux. I tackled the ball carrier in the backfield and forced a fumble. They have a big offensive lineman, (four-star) Greg Robinson, and I know that he'll wash you up if you let him."

This weekend, Harp will be in Ruston for the Louisiana Tech/Navy game.

"Tech has the most interest in me," said Harp (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), who gained 35 pounds over the offseason while improving his speed at the same time. "I'm looking forward to going up there with my parents and seeing the coaches at Tech."

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