Antioch running back Najee Harris achieved the rare trifecta in his team’s final performance of it’s season: He was the game’s stand out player, it’s leading scorer and, ultimately, still it’s loser.
Harris, an Alabama commit, had a game for the ages in the California high school playoffs again Foothill High. He finished with 390 yards and six touchdowns on 39 carries. He scored on runs of 15, 1, 80, 44, 6, and 12 yards, with the last score pulling Antioch within a single point of Foothill as the game wound down. That’s when Antioch went for the gusto, calling for a two-point play and the win. It didn’t work, with Harris stuffed after he had been successful on two prior attempts as Foothill held on for a 55-54 victory.
“Two heavyweights throwing haymakers,” Foothill coach Matt Sweeney told the San Jose Mercury News. “They’ve got a home-run hitter every time they have the ball. We finally stopped the two-point by about two inches.”
Sweeney — whose own back Isaiah Floyd was almost as impressive with 256 yards and four touchdowns — was effusive in his praise of Harris, who ran around, over and through his defense throughout the game. He just ran out of magic one play too soon, a memory he’s certain to hold with him heading into his senior season before an expected future under Nick Saban at Alabama. After a season in which he produced multiple wild highlights that put him on the national radar, Harris is sure to be ready to come through.
“What I love about that kid is he plays his guts out,” Sweeney told the Mercury News. “He is ferocious. He runs angrily, and he is athletic. He’s a tough kid.”