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Harrison came back from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Lima Senior, 37-36, Friday to advance in the Division II, Region 6 playoffs.
Harrison (8-3) senior quarterback Jake Weber scored on a one-yard touchdown run as time expired. This was the second rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter for Weber. The first came with just over five minutes left to cut the deficit 36-31.
At one time Harrison was down, 29-0 just about halfway through the second quarter. Lima Senior (8-3) was able to score on the ground, through the air and off turnovers as Rico Stafford intercepted a pass and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.
Everything was going Lima Senior’s way until the final two minutes of the second quarter when Harrison got on the scoreboard with a 1-yard run by Alex Anderson. After that, Harrison outscored Lima Senior, 37-7.
The Wildcats gained 495 yards and totaled 28 first downs. The majority of those yards came on the ground as the team combined for 284 yards. Weber contributed to 328 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Anderson finished the game with 120 yards and two touchdowns. Mitch Crawford led the Wildcats with 77 receiving yards and a touchdown.
For Lima Senior quarterback Gordon Darius threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Juniel Liles ran the football for 88 yards and a score. Demontay Liles added a score to go along with his 65 receiving yards, and Marquis Graham had 98 receiving yards and a score.
This was Lima Senior's first playoffs since 1999, but came in as the only school in the region with a state title. Last season Harrison lost to Northwest in the first round.
The fifth seed from the Southwestern Ohio conference will now play top seed La Salle in the second round of the playoffs Friday.
This is Mark's first season writing for TriStateFootball.com. His experience includes working for six years at ESPN in studio production and he has been published in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America and Rotowire.com. Mark has lived in Northern Cincinnati for the past four years. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.