Adversity molded, but did not define, 2018 Harrison football

(This is the first of two stories recapping the 2018 Harrison High School football season.) Harrison High School football fans who watched the Wildcats play Troy in the first round of the Division II playoffs Nov. 2 saw at least part of the blueprint for their team’s future.

The Trojans eliminated Harrison 48-7, running the ball through and around an undersized and eventually exhausted Harrison defense that bore only slight resemblance to the team that started the season, and almost no resemblance to the 2017 unit. Unofficially, Troy senior Jayden Culp-Bishop carried 35 times for 367 yards and six touchdowns – a yardage total almost a third of what Harrison achieved during its first nine games, 1,134 yards. (Note – Statistics for the Wildcats’ last two games, Oct. 26 at Northwest and the Troy game, have not yet been posted). Head coach Derek Rehage has built the Wildcat offense around a passing attack that is one of the most prolific in Division II, but the second-year head coach admits his team has to be a bit more balanced.


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