Home-Steady Defense

With his Mequon Homestead team ranked number two in the state, the Highlanders look poised to make it back to the WIAA state championship game and avenge last year's disappointment. Thus far, Homestead is on pace to get there, thanks in large part to the sterling play of its defense, led by Wisconsin recruit Shelby Harris.

GRAFTON, Wis. - Shelby Harris would gladly trade all of his accolades last season for another shot at Arrowhead high school.

As a junior, Harris was the state's defensive player of the year after making 92 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries, one of which led to a touchdown. But after going 8-1 in the regular season and rolling through the state playoffs, Homestead suffered a humbling 32-7 defeat at the hands of the Warhawks.

One season later, Harris and his fellow members on the defensive line are playing with a purpose. In three games this season, Homestead has outscored its opponents 95-0 and look poised to make it back to Camp Randall in 2008.

Harris, who committed to Wisconsin on February 16, continued to show an excellent first step and uses solid leverage in his pass rush, consistently getting penetration into the backfield.

In Homestead's 37-0 win at Grafton, Harris showed, and Badger Nation's Matt Fleming documents, why the Badgers were so persistent in their recruitment of him, causing plenty of havoc in the Grafton backfield.

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