St. Al’s Harris smashing rushing records

Published 9:07 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

St. Aloysius fans, students and the community of Vicksburg are witnessing history as DeMichael Harris continues to break records in his high school career.

Harris, a humble student who recently became the 10th player in Warren County history to rush for more than 3,000 career yards, broke multiple records in a 56-28 win over Bayou Academy Friday in the first round of the MAIS Class AAA playoffs. In a three-week period, Harris has set or tied five Warren County or school records.

The first record he set came whenhe accumulated 395 rushing yards against Bayou. Initially reported as 324 yards, the total was adjusted after review of game film. The total broke the school record of 310 yards set by Charles Guiney in 1934, as well as the Warren County single-game record of 347 yards set by Vicksburg’s Caris London in 1999.

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Harris also rushed for six touchdowns against Bayou, which set a school record and tied a county record for most in a game. His final touchdown was the 46th of his career and broke the school record previously held by Stacy Williams (1991-94).

“I feel great,” Harris said. “I believe I have the best O-line, I believe, in the state. They make it easy for me.”

Flashes coach BJ Smithhart said the senior’s success is well deserved.

“He’s a better person than his athletic ability. That’s saying a lot because he’s a really good athlete,” Smithhart said. “The kids love playing with him, I think that says a lot about him. You want your better players to be your leader. He’s got another year for sure.”

Harris, a two-sport athlete, said he’s built his athleticism and skill by lifting weights, running track to help his footwork and focusing on what he needs to do to succeed. In addition to his football success, Harris won state championships in the 100, 200 and 400 meters at the MHSAA Class 1A state track meet in May.

Harris has totaled 22 touchdowns on the ground this season and 1,307 yards. While a few hundred shy of his 2,062 rushing total of a year ago, and the season still in play for the Flashes, he can easily close the gap despite missing almost a month because of an ankle injury.

Harris feels his game-by-game stats have been better this season than last year’s.

“I feel like I’m a better player than I was last year. I feel like I’ve gotten faster and my downfield vision, I can see where people are going to be. I can hit one more or hit one cut and be in the end zone,” Harris said.


Warren County high school football players who have rushed for 300 or more yards in one game:

395 – DeMichael Harris, St. Al vs. Bayou, 2015

347 – Caris London, VHS vs. Gentry, 1999

342 – Carl Blue, WC vs. Crystal Springs, 1979

310 – Charles Guiney, St. Al vs. Satartia, 1934

304 – Leo Cage, WC vs. Clinton, 1974

304 – Mike Ray, St. Al vs. Cathedral, 1978

302 – Earl Johnson, PCA vs. East Rankin, 1975

301 – Brian Darden, WC vs. Clinton, 1993

301 – Larry Warner, WC vs. Southaven, 2004

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