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Harris navigates Eagles to championship game

Northeastern QB a threat as a passer and runner

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Northeastern's Aaron Harris during the NCHSAA 2A football East Regional final against Southwest Onslow, Friday, December 7, 2018 at Northeastern High School.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Regardless what level of football, the position of quarterback gets most of the attention and critique.

Northeastern quarterback Aaron Harris has navigated his first and only season as a starting quarterback on the varsity team to lead the Eagles to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state championship game against Reidsville today at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

Harris acknowledged to The Daily Advance Monday that he was looking forward to today’s championship game against the Rams.

“It’s a real good feeling,” he said. “We’re trying to prepare the same way like it’s any other week. Still come out strong and try to get the win.”

Harris acknowledged that he was aware of the doubts that some had about him entering the season.

“I really felt that a lot of people doubted me this year,” he said. “First time being a varsity quarterback, a lot of people said that I wouldn’t be able to throw. I took that and I let it motivate me to be even better. Get better each week. Be the best I can for my team.”

Harris was the junior varsity quarterback as a freshman and sophomore and served as a wide receiver during his junior season on the varsity team.

As the 2018 season progressed, Harris improved in the passing game.

Harris, a senior, has thrown for more than 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns.

On the ground, Harris has been lethal to opposing defenses as he has rushed for more than 1,600 yards with 15 touchdowns.

In the 2A East Regional final against Southwest Onslow, Harris had one of his most efficient passing games of the season.

He connected on 11-of-12 passes for over 100 yards with a key touchdown pass late in the second quarter to Jamari Ishman, who was tightly covered.

Along with a two rushing touchdowns and a receiving score, Harris helped the Eagles past Southwest Onslow and into today’s championship game.

WEATHER UPDATE

It appears today’s championship game will be a wet one at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The forecast in Raleigh this morning calls for a chance of rain during the game.

The Raleigh area was beginning to bounce back from a snow storm last weekend that forced school districts in the area to close earlier this week.

According to the National Weather Service, Raleigh and Wake County are under a flash flood watch until 5 p.m. today.

Kickoff of the championship game is 11 a.m.

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