2019 Snapshot: Harrison

For the first time in three decades Harrison made a third consecutive trip to the playoffs. Now the Wildcats’ seniors look to become the first class in program history to make the postseason all four years they went to school.

Forty was the significant number for Harrison in 2018, positively and negatively. They scored 40 or more in five of their seven wins during the season, while also giving up 40 points in three of their four losses, including a 48-7 loss to Troy in the first round of the playoffs.

This is a team with a lot of experience returning, especially at key positions. If there is ever a time for the Wildcats to take the next step, and make a deep playoff run, it’s now.

The biggest question mark of this team will be the defense. The offense will score points at will. If the defense can generate stops and force more turnovers, they will be in business.

Division II, Region 8
2018 RECORD: 7-4, 5-1 SWOC
COACH: Derek Rehage (15-7 at Harrison, two years; 15-7 overall)

Connor Kinnett, Sr, QB: The signal caller was an OPSWA Division II, First Team All-Southwest selection and SWOC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018. Kinnett threw for 2,587 ran for 261 yards and accounted for 30 touchdowns (24 pass, six rush).

Max Tidwell, Sr, WR: The team’s top receiver a year ago, Tidwell had 63 receptions for 865 yards, 11 touchdown receptions. He also amassed 1,066 all-purpose yards and a rushing score. Tidwell joined Kinnett as an OPSWA Division II, First Team All-Southwest District member. He registered 106 receptions for 1,378 yards, 14 touchdowns catches, 1,650 all-purpose yards and scored two or more touchdowns on six occasions at the varsity level.

CJ Young, Sr, TE: A two-time OPSWA Division II Second Team All-Southwest District pick. Young caught 33 balls for 680 yards and made seven trips to the end zone as a junior. He has 76 receptions for 1,529 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two years as a starter.

Simon Acra, Sr, OL: The anchor of the offensive line, Acra will have plenty of fresh faces to mentor this season. He was named OPSWA Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District in 2018.

Blake Cox, Sr, DB: Has great size for a defensive back at 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds. The hard-hitting cox had a fumble recovery and an interception on his way to Second Team All-SWOC accolades as a junior.

Sam Heimkreiter, Sr, DB: Snared three interceptions on his way to Second Team All-SWOC honors a year ago.

Jake Reardon, Sr, RB: Will team with Herring to make a formidable one-two punch out of the backfield. Reardon ran for 448 yards and found the end zone five times (four rush, one rec) as a junior. He was named Second Team All-SWOC for his effort.

Cam Herring, Jr, RB/LB: Ran for 490 yards, had 23 receptions for 246 yards and scored six times (five rush, one rec). Nine of his 102 offensive touches went for 20 yards or more. That work saw Herring be named Honorable Mention All-SWOC as a sophomore.

(12 appearances, 5-12) – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2006, 1997, 1989, 1988 (Regional Champion), 1987

Fri – 08/30/19 – at Butler – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/06/19 – at East Central (IN) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/13/19 – ANDERSON – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/20/19 – ROSS – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/27/19 – at Edgewood – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/04/19 – TALAWANDA – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/11/19 – at Little Miami – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/18/19 – at Franklin County (IN) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/25/19 – at Mount Healthy – 7:00 PM
Fri – 11/01/19 – NORTHWEST – 7:00 PM

Harrison gave up at least 35 points in all four of their losses a year ago. The Wildcats have allowed 28 points or more in all nine of their defeats dating back to November 4th, 2018.

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