- Faith & Family
Last year the Jacksonville Bolles got the best of Booker T. Washington in the Class 4A state final, much to the dismay of their fans and the team members themselves. But in this year’s repeat game between the two top-ranked teams, it was the Tornadoes who emerged victorious. Scoring 22 unanswered points in the second half, BTW (13-1) walloped their opponent by a score of 35-7. It was their second state title — their first coming in 2007.
Junior Quarterback Treon Harris, who led the charge against Jacksonville (12-2), was ecstatic after the lopsided win. And it was a family affair for BTW Head Coach Tim “Ice” Harris, who is not only the coach but the father of the standout quarterback, Treon, who is his youngest son.
The young Harris ran for 72 yards, had three touchdowns and threw for 245 yards and two more scores. His big brother, Tim Jr., works with their father as the team’s offensive coordinator. Many remember the athletic prowess of Tim Jr. who was a standout quarterback himself in high school before moving on to the University of Miami where he earned All American status as a runner. Another brother, Brandon, followed Tim Jr. and was part of the state title team from 2007.
But this time the spotlight was on Treon. He completed the game, 11 of 19 passing and showed that he can throw long or connect on short opportunistic passes. In this his junior season, he piled up 151 of 241 passing for 2,706 yards, 35 touchdowns, six interceptions and ran for 819 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The defense dominated as well tallying five sacks and holding Bolles to just 62 rushing yards. Other players that contributed greatly to the win included: Nigel Patten, a cornerback who bungled a kickoff return in last year’s match up that was a turning point in BTW’s fourth-quarter collapse and eventual loss, 33-25; Deltron Hopkins; and Matthew Thomas.
Patten said he finally knows what it’s like to be on top and has already secured a scholarship offer from Florida State University.
For Harris it was the second time that he was able to celebrate victory with his “football family.” “This is an awesome feeling as a father … now our goal is to keep building and help these kids have a chance to come back and do this again next year.”
Bolles coach Charles “Corky” Rogers said, “They played this way all year. They deserve it — they played well.”
BTW ends their season on a 12-game winning streak and was ranked No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps.
By D. Kevin McNeir