Joe Harris Sets School Record To Lead Harbor

On a night when his team needed a big performance, RB Joe Harris responded by rushing for a school-record 346 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the L.A. Harbor Seahawks (0-2) to a stunning 35-20 win over visiting Citrus (2-1) September 18th at Casey Field.  Injuries had forced Harbor to move standout WR Mike Bolio to quarterback, necessitating reliance on the ground game.

But with Harris and Bolio leading the way the Seahawks rushed for a school record 475 yards and dominated the last three quarters of the game.

Harris scored on runs of 3 and 4 yards, which were among the shorter distances covered on his 38 carries.  Early in the fourth quarter, he broke off runs of 63 and 73 yards on consecutive carries, and he had a 47-yd run in the second quarter.  And early on, it seemed Harris would provide any offense Harbor was going to muster as injuries had taken the Seahawks' first and second-string quarterbacks out of the lineup.

But Bolio also stepped up to the challenge, and had a very strong game after a wobbly beginning.  Bolio finished with 62 yds rushing and a pair of touchdowns, and he completed 4 of 6 passes for 31 yds, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Not that the game started out well for Harbor.  In fact, for most of the first quarter, it looked like it would be a long night for the home squad.  Citrus entered with a 2-0 record while Harbor entered 0-2, and the Owls featured standouts at quarterback (Steve Payne), running back (Dario Camacho) and wide receiver (Samora Goodson).  And on the Seahawks' first two plays from scrimmage, Bolio went back to pass and was sacked each time, forcing a punt.  Once Citrus got the ball back, they need just three plays to take the lead when Camacho broke through for a 40-yd scoring run.  Another 3-and-out possession for Harbor ended with another punt, and once again when Citrus got the ball they took it the distance.  This second scoring drive took nine plays and covered 73 yds, with Payne connecting with TE Stephen Barela from 5 yards out for the score that made it 14-0 with 1:30 left in the first quarter.  It looked like the rout was on. 

As soon as the quarter ended, however, the game turned around and from then on the night belonged to Harris, Bolio and the Seahawks.  On the first play of the second quarter, Bolio carried for a 6-yard gain that got Harbor its initial first down of the game.  That began a 13-play drive that covered 79 yards and chewed up 7:15, ending with Harris' first score of the night from 3 yards out.  Harris had covered most of the yardage on the drive with 10 carries for 60 yards, but perhaps the key play was Bolio's first pass of the night, a 12-yard toss to Jamal Collins that got the ball to the 3.  Also, the time off seemed to re-energize the Harbor defense, which would hold Citrus scoreless through the second and third quarters.  Even after Oscar Cervantes' extra point went wide, leaving it 14-6, the momentum of the game had changed and it now favored the Seahawks.

Citrus got a huge return from Chris Camacho on the ensuing kickoff, getting the ball to their own 45, but three offensive plays produced just 8 more yards and forced a punt.  And when Harbor got the ball, it was time for more Joe Harris.  The big play came from the Seahawk 35 when Harris broke free and headed down the left sideline.  By the time he was brought down, he'd reached the Citrus 18.  Three plays later, Bolio demonstrated his remarkable speed, bursting around the left side for a 16-yd scoring run.  On the conversion, Harbor went for 2 points and that strategy paid off when Harris' backup, Robert Miller, powered across the goal line to tie the game at 14 with 3:28 left in the half.  Though each team had the ball once more before intermission, neither was able to score.

To begin the second half, Harbor took the ball at the 20 on a touchback on the kickoff.  But during that kickoff, Citrus was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty, which helped get the Seahawks started on their go-ahead drive.  This time, it was Bolio rather than Harris covering most of the distance.  His 22-yd run started things off well for Harbor, getting the ball into Owl territory.  Three carries by Harris and a short Bolio pass to Anthony Banks moved the Seahawks down to the 29, but then it was Bolio again on a 21-yard keeper that got the ball down to the 8-yard line.  Three plays later – all Harris runs – Harbor had its first lead.  Harris' score from 4 yards out gave the Seahawks an advantage they would hold the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Harbor offense had also begun to assert itself, shutting down the Citrus offense in the second quarter.  And on the next play they did more than shut it down; they took the ball away when Payne's pass was intercepted by Raheem Stephens at the Citrus 39.  Though Harbor would punt without gaining a first down, once Citrus got the ball back the Seahawk defense again forced a punt without allowing a first down.  And this time that punt was received by Bolio, who returned the kick 23 yards to the Owl 37.  A 22-yd run by Harris got the Seahawks into scoring position.  Moments later, Bolio capped the short drive when he scored on a 1-yard run.  Cervantes' extra point made it 28-14.

Following another Citrus punt, Harbor nearly put the game away.  Harris broke free down the right sideline and appeared to be heading into the end zone.  But Citrus' Telly Gray didn't give up on the play, and he had an angle to close in on Harris.  Just as the Seahawk standout was crossing the 5-yard line, Gray reached for the ball and knocked it out of Harris' hands.  The ball bounced through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Owls the ball at the 20 and saving them from falling behind by three touchdowns.

That seemed to get some momentum for the Owls, who then drove the length of the field for their only second-half touchdown.  Payne completed a pair of short passes to D. Camacho and Goodson to get things started, and Camacho broke off a 17-yd run to get the ball into Harbor territory.  A Payne pass to Bobby Meza moved the ball to the 28, and on the next play Payne connected with Goodson on a 28-yd pass down the right sideline to get Citrus on the board for the first time since the first quarter.  The snap on the conversion went over the holder's outstretched arms and the score stayed 28-20.  But Citrus was now within a score of tying the game with just over 11 minutes remaining.

However, when Harbor got the ball back, any hopes of a Citrus comeback were quickly dashed.  On the first play from scrimmage, Harris took the ball down the right sideline on what appeared to be a carbon copy of the previous play that ended in the fumble.  Again, Harris sprinted past the defense and towards the end zone.  And again, Gray closed in on him from across the field, getting there at about the 15-yard line.  But this time Harris guarded the ball with one hand and used a stiff arm with the other.  Gray hung on and made the tackle at the 7, but this time Harris kept the ball and gave Harbor a first-and-goal.  Moments later, Bolio lofted a pass to TE Jeff Clark from 5 yards out to restore the Seahawks' 2-score lead.

Citrus still had over 9 minutes to rally, but their next drive ended quickly when Steven Juarez intercepted a Payne pass at the Seahawk 32.  Jaurez also kept the drive alive on a fake punt play a few minutes later, gaining 21 yards and a first down.  By the time Citrus got the ball back, less than 4 minutes remained and the outcome of the game was no longer in serious doubt.  The Seahawk defense stopped the Owls one more time on 4th and 10 at the Harbor 44 with 2:29 left.  Then came the announcement that Harris had broken the school single-game rushing record, and the celebration on the Harbor sideline was on.

Harris' 346 yards on 37 carries broke the Harbor single-game rushing record of 324, set by Cortlandt Florence in 2000.  The team's 475 rushing yards absolutely demolished the team mark of 352.  And nearly as remarkable was the performance of Bolio, the emergency quarterback.  Bolio was a WSC Player of the Week selection just last week – as a Wide Receiver.  He had 13 catches for 218 yds for Victor Valley.

The Harbor defense stood out as a group, holding Citrus without a first down in the key second quarter and shutting down the Owls until Harbor had a 2-score lead in the second half.  Stephens and Juarez each had an interception, while DL William Vea and LB Danny Gomez each registered 2 sacks.  DL Mike Zuanich was a big presence inside and knocked down at least a couple of passes, and DE Shaun Kemp got his named called quite a few times as well. 

For Citrus, QB Payne completed 12 of 32 passes for 194 yds, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.  D. Camacho had a strong first half with 102 yds on 11 carries and finished with 145 yds on 15 carries for the night.  Goodsen led all receivers with 5 catches for 77 yds and a score.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:
C – D.Camacho 40 yd run (Keating kick) 8:55 - 0-7
C – Barela 5 yd pass from Payne (Keating kick) 1:30 - 0-14

2nd Quarter:
H – Harris 3 yd run (kick wide left) 9:15 - 6-14
H – Bolio 16 yd run (Miller run) 3:28 - 14-14 

3rd Quarter:
H – Harris 4 yd run (Cervantes kick) 10:08 - 21-14
H – Bolio 1 yd run (Cervantes kick) 3:10 - 28-14 

4th Quarter:
C – Goodson 28 yd pass from Payne (run failed) 11:13 - 28-20
H – Clark 5 yd pass from Bolio (Cervantes kick) 9:36 - 35-20

Team Statistics: LA Harbor Citrus
First Downs 22 (19 run; 2 pass; 1 pen) 16 (7 run; 9 pass)
Rushes – Yards 65-475 22-124
Passing Yards 31 194
Comp - Att – Int 4-6-0 12-32-2
Return Yards 72 82
Sacks – Yards 4-28 3-24
Fumbles – Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties – Yards 9-75 6-75
Time of Possession 38:22 21:38

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: H:  3-Harris 38-346, 7-Bolio 12-62, 21-Miller 12-32, 32-Juarez 1-21, 33-Banks 1-19, 28-Farrell 1-5, C:  21-D.Camacho 15-145, 7-Nolan 2-9, 16-Payne 5-(-30)

Passing: H:  7-Bolio 4-6-0-31, 1 TD C:  16-Payne 12-32-2-194, 2 TDs

Receiving: H:  33-Banks 2-14, 16-Collins 1-12, 81-Clark 1-5 C:  9-Goodson 5-77, 24-Meza 3-47, 83-D.Smith 2-58, 21-D.Camacho 1-7, 87-Barela 1-5

Int-Ret Yds: H:  32-Juarez 1-4, 6-Stephens 1-0

Fum Rec: None    

Sacks: H:  5-Gomez 2, 55-Vea 2 C:  91-M.White 1-1/2, 28-Watkins, 79-Guillermo 1/2 

Punters: H:  82-Whitcher 5-34.8 avg C:  19-Jurado 5-32.0 avg

Kick Ret: H:  21-Miller 2-34, 2-T.Brown 1-11 C:  8-Vaughns 2-49, 14-C.Camacho 1-33, 4-Gray 1-20, 36-J.Brown 1-12

Punt Ret: H:  7-Bolio 1-23  C:  8-Vaughns 3-17

Notes:  Citrus entered 2-0 while LA Harbor entered 0-2.  #3 Joe Harris set a new school record and the Seahawks set a new team mark for rushing yards in a game.  7-Bolio won WSC Player of the Week honors 9/11 at WR but injuries to two LAHC QBs forced the move to QB.  Citrus dominated the first quarter, building a 14-0 lead while Harbor had no first downs, but then things changed dramatically.  Early in the 4th qtr, Harris broke free and was headed to the end zone when 4-Gray knocked the ball out of his hands at the 5; the ball bounced through the end zone for the touchback.  Citrus scored their only second-half TD on the ensuing drive.  A bad snap doomed the XPA.


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