Harris, Dacatur run past TJ, improve to 5-2



Ž“MobileŽ” was included in the description of quarterback Darin Harris in preseason reports on this yearŽ’s Decatur High School football team.

Harris wrote that word in stone and added Ž“versatileŽ” as the Gators walloped Jefferson 35-0 in a South Puget Sound League contest last Friday.

The junior was all over the field, mixing his fast, elusive running with some sure-fire passing to spark his teamŽ’s offense and account for four of his teamŽ’s five touchdowns ŽÐŽÐ three by land and one by air. Two of the scores came 22 seconds apart in the second quarter as Decatur (5-2 SPSL, 6-2 overall) broke the game open. He mixed in some sterling defense, too.

HarrisŽ’ exploits arenŽ’t new to his teammates and DecaturŽ’s fans. But host Jefferson (2-5, 2-6) got its first close look at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, starting in the first quarter. Harris ripped off runs of 15 and 20 yards and pitched to Tracy Ford as part of a 17-yard romp, advancing the Gators to the RaidersŽ’ 19-yard line. Five plays later, Harris scooted through a gaping hole on the left side of the line to open his teamŽ’s scoring at the 6:24 mark.

Harris was at it again in the second quarter when he carried on four straight plays ŽÐŽÐ two of them for 17 and 13 yards ŽÐŽÐ and burrowed the final yard for another touchdown with 1:29 left until halftime.

DecaturŽ’s Michael Freeman recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Jefferson 36, whereupon Harris threw a picture-perfect 34-yard touchdown pass to Justin Smith for a 20-0 lead.

Then Harris, playing safety on defense, capped his first-half highlights by intercepting a Jefferson pass and returning it 40 yards 16 seconds before intermission.

After DecaturŽ’s lead grew to 28-0 at 7:36 of the third quarter on Kyle BresslerŽ’s 72-yard touchdown gallop and Tamarria LandersŽ’ two-point conversion, Harris popped up again with a tackle-breaking, 45-yard run to JeffersonŽ’s 1-yard line as the period ended. Two plays into the fourth quarter, he plunged across the goal line for his teamŽ’s final touchdown.

Momentum seemed to turn permanently in DecaturŽ’s favor in the second quarter. Jefferson, helped by a 14-yard run by Michael Smith, drove deep into the GatorsŽ’ territory. But the Raiders stalled and missed a field goal attempt that would have narrowed the Decatur lead to 7-3.

Before that, Jefferson defensive back Ben Egeland kept Decatur in check in the first quarter. After Joe Carbaugh returned a punt 54 yards to the RaidersŽ’ 33, Egeland tackled ballcarriers for losses on two of the next three plays to turn the Gators away.

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