Harris Rips Off 169 Rushing Yards
ANTIOCH, Calif. -- Antioch (Calif.) may have lost the Big Little Game, 17-14, to rival Pittsburg (Calif.) on Friday, but 2017 Panthers running back Najee Harris had an enormous game, rushing for 169 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown and one two-point conversion and ripping off a 19-yard kickoff return.
Harris, though, was held to just 58 rushing yards in the second half thanks to halftime adjustments from Pirates defensive coordinator Charlie Ramirez.
“Their defensive coordinator was really good,” Harris said. “He knew that we were a run team, so he clogged the middle, and blitzing the linebackers to the edges, so when the middle wasn’t open, I got bounced out sometimes, and the linebackers met me right there. I’ve got to give it to them: That’s a good defensive coordinator.”
Teams have stacked the box all year against 6-foot-2.5, 195-pound load, who already looks – and runs – like a college junior. He’s currently a four-star, but odds are that he’ll wind up a five-star by the time all is said and done.
Harris has exploded since receiving his first scholarship offer from California, pulling down four more offers since then, with the latest coming on Monday from BYU.
“BYU, I know they’re Mormon, first of all,” Harris smiled. “I don’t know too much. I visited their school when they played Utah, when their quarterback got hurt. That’s all I know about them.”
When the Cougars come to the Bay Area to play the Bears on Nov. 29, Harris wants to visit to see both programs, but he said he will “most likely” find a way to visit Berkeley before the end of the season.
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