November 26, 2012
Highlights! Drake Harris' championship day
DETROIT - Junior Drake Harris became the first player from the state of Michigan to eclipse 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
The talented 6-4, 180-pound two-sport star reached that milestone with eight catches for 243 yards and a touchdown in Grand Rapids Christian's dramatic 40-37 overtime victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Division 3 state title game.
"The big thing in this game was just winning the state championship," said Harris. "I am so happy. We came and played today, the whole season long we've all been together. I love all of these guys and am grateful that we won the game and our crowned state champs now."
Harris started strong with a 49-yard catch that set up a 29-yard touchdown on the first possession of the game for Christian. Harris opened the second quarter with a 74-yard touchdown. But two-sport star was at his best in the two-minute drill with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.
Harris had three receptions during the critical 12-play 67-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 28-yard field goal to force overtime. Two of those catches came on fourth down.
Harris, a Michigan State commitment ranked the No. 52 basketball recruit in Class of 2014 by Rivals.com, is considered by some the top junior football recruit in the Great Lakes State.
Harris caught 91 passes for 2,016 yards with 25 touchdowns and a per-catch average of 22.15 in 2012.
Harris has caught 148 passes for 3,134 yards and 39 touchdowns during the past two seasons as varsity starter for Grand Rapids Christian.
SpartanMag caught up with Harris following his record-setting performance at Ford Field.
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