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Last updated: Tue. Sep. 02, 2014 - 02:33 pm EDT

Prep football notes, part 2

Harnish hopes to be back; Homestead, Wayne overcome adversity

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Norwell quarterback/linebacker Piercen Harnish hopes to be back in the middle of the action this Friday night against undefeated Carroll.

Harnish sat out the second half of the Knights' 31-21 loss to Heritage last Friday after suffering a chest injury while making a tackle. He coughed up blood and was held out for precautionary measures.

Harnish was diagnosed with a chest wall contusion and is expected to gradually work back into practice this week.

Whether Harnish returns to play both sides of the ball against Carroll this Friday remains to be seen. Senior Reggie Hayes moved from wide receiver to quarterback and senior Adam Nahrwold played middle linebacker while Harnish was sidelined the second half.

Sophomore lineman Curtis Blackwell, meanwhile, returned to the Knights lineup against Heritage after having a procedure on a finger that kept him out of the season opener. He is wearing a wrap on his left hand. The Knights expect to have junior cornerback Brody Myers in the lineup for the first time this week after being sidelined with a concussion.

The status of safety Ashton McCune (shoulder; missed second half vs. Heritage) and lineman Andrew Oakes (shoulder; sat out Heritage game) will be determined later this week.


Wayne holds it together in comeback

Wayne coach Scot Shaw has been in the coaching ranks for 30 years, experiencing plenty over that duration.

Last Friday night against Kokomo was something new.

“I have been behind, but nothing of that magnitude,” Shaw said.

Following a touchdown on Kokomo's first second-half possession, Wayne trailed the Wildkats 39-14 and appeared to be on course to suffer its first loss of the season.

Not so fast.

The Generals erupted for 31 straight points and eventually earned a 53-47 victory to improve to 2-0.

“The thing I am most proud of is our kids never gave up, never panicked and never quit,” Shaw said.

The Wayne offense ran wild most of the night, with quarterback Keion Powers accounting for 527 total yards, it was the defense that rose up when most needed, holding Kokomo to just eight points over the final 20-plus minutes of the game.

“Our seniors have seen just about everything,” Shaw said. “Usually, you have to learn how to win. We took a big step towards that last Friday.”


Homestead bonds on long night

Waiting four-plus hours past the scheduled kickoff time to get a game started leads to plenty of downtime and, some unforeseen problems.

Homestead experienced all that last Friday after waiting out plenty of lightning before finally kicking off against Valparaiso at 11:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Spartans won 39-12

“It was crazy, playing that late,” junior wide receiver Ben Skowronek said. “You had to be extra focused. It was different, your body definitely felt different.”

Homestead stayed loose during the delay with rap battles and relaxed by taking off their pads.

One issue that did rise up was the fact that the team had no food with them on the trip.

“There was a lot of adversity, we were kind of hungry … and obviously tired,” Skowronek said. “We had to fight through that.”

The long bus ride home also presented an opportunity for more team building, but there wasn't much conversation going on.

“We just slept the whole way,” Skowronek said. “But it was a unique experience we will remember.”


Quick hits

DeKalb has outscored its two opponents 39-7 in the fourth quarter in the first two weeks … After two weeks, Homestead quarterback Logan Ormsby is on pace to throw for 3,483 yards and 45 touchdowns in the regular season … Wayne's two-game total of 106 points is the most over that span for the program since a two-game total of 111 points against Elmhurst (51 points) and Northrop (60 points) in 2006.

nssports@news-sentinel.com


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