York Suburban High senior Savion Harrison is a force on both sides of the football for the Trojans. ROB ROSE, @robrosesports
Through two games, Savion Harrison has been the top rusher in the York-Adams League — and running back might not even be his best position.
The York Suburban High School senior leads all backs in the area in rushing yards (390) and touchdowns (six), but his coach, Andy Loucks, said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Harrison is just as good on the other side of the ball. In fact, he might even be better.
“Everybody thinks he’s just a running back, but he was an all-state kid at defensive back last year,” Loucks said. “He’s just as good on the defensive side as he is on the offensive side, and in some people’s minds, they think he’s actually better.”
Started on defense: For Harrison, who started playing football at 8 years old after watching his male family members play the sport, defensive back has always been where his focus was.
After playing cornerback since his days with the South York Warriors, Harrison got into the mix with the Trojans' running backs during his freshman year and found success at the new position.
“I never thought I would play running back,” Harrison said. “When I came here I got some running back reps and then I just worked in and it just happened.”
Although he didn’t start out playing the position, Harrison picked it up pretty quickly. Last season, he was a York-Adams Division II all-star at cornerback and running back after he rushed for 1,231 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Getting even better: In the first two games of the 2019 season Harrison is more than halfway to his touchdown total from a year ago and is doing so without two of his best offensive linemen. Seniors Garth Barclay, who is committed to play at NCAA Division I Syracuse University, and Nasier Spellman have been out of the lineup because of injuries.
Despite their absences, Harrison leads the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, while the Trojans have earned a pair of convincing victories. Harrison said he has faith in the younger players filling in, but warned opponents that it could get even worse for them once York Suburban is back to full strength.
“When we got our whole team back, it’s going to get a little scary out there,” Harrison said.
All the success Harrison has had on both sides of the ball have generated interest from college coaches. NCAA Division II Seton Hill University has offered Harrison and Loucks said multiple Football Championship Subdivision schools have shown interest in Harrison at running back or defensive back.
Still loves defense: If Harrison had the choice, he would play cornerback in college.
“I like being out there by myself on an island and I like hitting people,” Harrison said.
Harrison said that he doesn’t worry about not having a lot of interceptions or defensive stats because college coaches are more interested in recruiting players that know how to win games.
He added that his ability to outrun the other players on the field with his 4.56 40-yard dash speed might be a reason why opposing quarterbacks stay away from the receivers he covers.
“I don’t really get the ball thrown to my side a lot for some reason, but that’s all right,” Harrison said. “I just make sure no one (catches) the ball on my side, and if there’s a run I come down and make the tackle.”
Realizing his dream: Despite all the success he and his team have had to begin the season, Harrison is just happy to be playing the game he has loved since he was a kid.
His goal for the season is to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards and for the Trojans to win their division. All the rushing yards, touchdowns and wins are only stepping stones for Harrison to realize his mission — play NCAA football.
“I always dreamed of playing college football,” Harrison said. “This happening right now is just all crazy. It’s like I am living in a dream right now and I am not even done yet.”
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