2003 Preview: Harrison

The Harrison Hoyas are rebuilding this year, but they are still the team to beat in Region 5-AAAAA.

Harrison made a run in the playoffs last year, but few teams in the state will have to replace as much talent as Coach Bruce Cobleigh's Hoyas. Gone are four star prospects Paul Oliver and Jason Evans along with standouts Scott Lenahan, Tim Cesa, and Jon Abbate. All five of those players signed with BCS conference schools last year.

While the Hoyas only return 7 total starters, there will be sympathy from the rest of the state, as Harrison still returns an abundance of talent. Zach Carter spearheads the offense and defense this season. He plays tailback and inside linebacker, and he will be counted on heavily this season.

Brett Yenser will be the quarterback, and he has looked good at camps this summer, and he has an excellent frame at 6-2 and 195 pounds. Mike Withrow will be Yenser's primary target at receiver, but just like years past, the Hoyas will make a living with the ground attack.

Once again, the defense should be the strength of this team with Carter, Justin Boyle, James Case, and Josh Walker all patrolling the defensive side of the ball. Boyle has already made a commitment to Duke, and Case is contemplating several offers this summer. Walker is a heady player with good athleticism. While the Hoyas will be hard pressed to match the talent that was on the field last year, this will be a solid group.

Harrison steamrolled through the regular season last year, but they should find the going a bit tougher this year. McEachern, Kennesaw Mountain, and Walton all look to be big roadblocks to another undefeated regular season.

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