Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Stock is rising for Harbison, Quick
By By Brandon Parker
Each week, we'll take a deeper look into our All-State football team to see whose stock is rising and falling based on recent performance and news. Here's the lowdown from the first week:
UP — Jamel Harbison, Mallard Creek, WR
The senior wideout played a key role in the Mavericks' win against top-ranked Butler last Friday. Harbison scored twice on the night — the first on an 18-yard catch and the other on a 40-yard pass that sealed his team's 28-20 victory. Despite losing superb quarterback Marquise Williams to graduation, Harbison might better his output from a year ago (1,072 yards, 19 touchdowns) since Williams was more prone to run than current QB Andrew Goodman.
DOWN — Jody Fuller, Sun Valley, WR
Blame the schedule for this one, as it does no favors for the talented Fuller. Last week, the Spartans opened against a powerful Richmond squad (the state's third-ranked team), resulting in a 70-28 defeat. Fuller was held in check, as the Raiders defense pressured QB Ryan Smith into several bad throws. This week, Sun Valley will look to bounce back against none other the Mallard Creek, which as you know is primed to take over the state's top ranking after downing Butler.
UP — Kwashaun Quick, Scotland, QB High expectations surround a Scotland squad that returns the majority of its starters this season. And in its opener against a talented Seventy-First team, Quick helped show why the Fighting Scots are worth the hype. The senior quarterback totaled 170 yards and connected a 34-yard touchdown pass to pace Scotland in a 25-8 win.
Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.