Campbell’s Harris running Spartans to perfect start
by David Rutz
MDJ Sports Writer
September 14, 2012 12:06 PM | 2017 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Campbell’s power run game behind Darius Harris helped the Spartans match their best start in five years.

They will look to extend their streak when they host Harrison (1-1) tonight in their Region 4AAAAAA opener at Richard McDaniel Stadium.

Harris has piled up 238 rushing yards and three touchdowns in lopsided wins over Morrow and Osborne to open the season, marking Campbell’s first 2-0 start since 2007 — the last time the Spartans finished with a winning record (6-4).

“He makes things difficult on a defense,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said. “The longer a game goes on, the more difficult he is to tackle. He’s really a north-south runner and he’s really done a good job of getting north-south as quickly as possible.”

The 240-pound Harris produced largely without the aid of starting left and right slot backs Austin Green and Josh Miller, who missed the opener and most of the second game against Osborne. They should be back in full action tonight.

“We thought they were going to be the ones to help open up the middle for him,” Rainbow said. “He’s kind of exceeded expectations without those other guys being there. It’s been much needed, so we’ve been really pleased with him and his work ethic and how hard he’s been running.”

Another factor in Harris’ two-game onslaught has been the weight he lost over the past year. Rainbow began his tenure at Campbell last season and was initially skeptical that Harris played running back.

“We weighed him last year and he was at 270 pounds,” Rainbow said. “I kind of joked with him, ‘You’re a running back?’ The more I saw him (the more I saw), he has those traits of a pounding running back. He’s gotten a lot quicker and a lot faster, and that’s really been what’s the difference.”

Harrison is looking to regroup after a 38-9 defeat at the hands of Alpharetta last week in its home opener under new coach Marty Galbraith. The Hoyas committed four turnovers and trailed 28-3 before halftime, a far cry from its season-opening 21-16 win over Woodstock. They will look to slow Harris and the Campbell rushing attack as they try to get back over .500.

“I think most teams will try to do that,” Galbraith said. “They’ll try to take away their strength. They’re playing really good, and with a lot of consistency, and I expect it to be a really tough game.”

The Hoyas routed Campbell in each of their past two meetings, including a 37-7 win last season.

“I think the attitude of our team is that we won two games, but at the same token we haven’t met our goals,” Rainbow said. “We’ve got to take it game-by-game. Harrison’s going to be the best team we’ve faced to this point. We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”
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