Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harris goes off on Central Section powerhouse

Romello Harris - all 165-pounds of him - ran circles around Kingsburg High School's massive defensive line as he finished with an astonishing 357 rushing yards in Tulare Union's 49-28 trouncing of the Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Bob Mathias Stadium on the TUHS campus.

Harris had 24 carries and scored three times against the Central Section Division II power. His touchdowns were from 9, 6 and 3 yards out. Tulare improved to 2-2 overall.

"I read the holes better and our offensive line blocked their butts off," Harris said. "I was thinking the whole time when I ran and I just tried to make big plays every time I got the ball."

Kingsburg arrived to Bob Mathias with eight players weighing between 270 to 330-pounds. The Vikings tried using their size to bottle Harris.

"But they were on the slower side," Harris said. "I had to make a few of them miss."

Harris, who's played on the Redskins' varsity team since his freshman year, now has 937 total rushing yards and eight touchdowns in four games. He called the victory over the Vikings a confidence booster, especially since the Redskins went 3-7 last year and got bumped down to Division II.

"It's real big. They're a real good team. They had some big boys," Harris said. "This gives us motivation going into next week. We have a bye, but we can build up confidence."

Harris still holds three scholarship offers from Washington State, Air Force and Colorado State. Four schools have increased its interest in the 2016 running back: USC, UCLA, Washington and Duke.

Harris told Cali Gold Mine that he's planning to take an unofficial visit to Duke for the Blue Devils' contest against Wake Forest, which is on Saturday, Nov. 29. 

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