CONCORD, Calif. -- Neither Tuli Letuligasenoa nor Najee Harris disappointed on Friday, as Harris ran off 130 yards on De La Salle, and 2018 star Spartams defensive tackle Letuligasenoa came up with two pressures and four tackles.
Harris's most impressive runs -- a 23-yarder which included a hurdling leap in the first quarter, and a 53-yard touchdown called back due to holding -- stayed on the scoresheet, but Harris was impressive against a stout defensive line. Harris kept mainly to the outside, as his line wasn't able to open holes against the Spartans. That said, his ability to break contain and turn the corner shone brightly. When he did run inside, he was still able to gain the two and three and four yards on carries where he had no real blocking. He still needs to run with a bit more power, but that will come when he has a line that makes holes he can hit.
Letuligasenoa's effort was a bit uneven at times, but when he came face-up on Harris, he didn't let him out of his grasp, making two tackles on the 2017 five-star. Letuligasenoa said that he tries to model himself after another Spartans tackle of recent vintage, in UCLA's Boss Tagaloa, except he's bigger than the 6-foot-1, 303-pounder was at this age, standing at 6-foot-2, and at least 305 pounds (though his listed weight is 285). Letuligasenoa didn't get many opportunities, because Harris -- through whom almost all of the Panthers' offense ran -- found his yards to the outside, but when he tried the inside route, Letuligasenoa was there, and didn't miss. He uses his hands very well, and plays behind his pads with great leverage, which, against a shifty, long back like Harris, becomes more important.