Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester, Ohio) keeps knocking off higher-seeded teams on its way to the Ohio Division VII state semifinals. The big reason: record-setting running back Dan Bangura.
Bangura ran for 270 yards on 36 carries, including touchdown runs of 10 and 39 yards, respectively, in a 29-15 victory against Waterford in the regional final.
That pushed his nation’s best total to 4,061, making him the first player in OHSAA history to rush for 4,000 yards. He also has 56 total touchdowns, which lead the nation.
“He’s a nice ballplayer,” Waterford defensive coordinator Eric McCutcheon told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. “I thought we did a good job on him, and yet he still ran for all those yards.”
Harvest Prep (10-3) faces John F. Kennedy Catholic (Warren) on Saturday in New Philadelphia. Kennedy advanced with a 48-13 win against Norwalk St. Paul.