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Harris a class act on and off field

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Trevor Harris was one of the most dominant football players in the East Penn Conference last season. His senior year was a hallmark campaign for the Liberty defensive end, garnering EPC South defensive MVP honors and first-team all-state status, but the awards and success were a culmination of Harris’ hard-work and some visits to summer camps after his junior season to set the tone for his stellar final year at Liberty.

“Going into my senior year, I went to a lot of camps and worked with a lot of different coaches,” said Harris. “They taught me a bunch of different techniques and I think after the Freedom game my junior year, I figured out that I could be pretty good. After that and all those camps, everything really clicked for me.”

Harris’ senior season was filled on the defensive stat sheet, collecting 77 tackles, 18 for loss, 15 sacks and three blocked kicks. He led the Hurricanes on the defensive side of the ball in their 29-10 upset win over a previously undefeated Freedom squad in the season finale, registering two strip sacks to push the ‘Canes to a win over their arch rivals and put them in the district playoffs.

With his play aside, Harris was also one of the most respected students to walk the Liberty hallways and will forge his next steps in life at the Naval Academy. All in all, Harris was an easy choice to make for Liberty’s Male Athlete of the Year for the Bethlehem Press.

“I know it’s going to be completely different coming from Liberty and going to Navy,” said Harris, who will start his first year at the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS). “Coming from a big public school like Liberty, seeing different types of people is something I’ll always remember, but I know playing in the Liberty-Freedom game compared to Army-Navy will be completely different.”

While Harris elevated his play his senior year, he was a constant in the program as a starter the past three years. His leadership proved to be invaluable last season as the team endured a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season after a 2-0 start. Liberty’s surprise run to the district postseason ended in a rematch to Freedom, a 14-7 loss, but the season displayed the Hurricanes rallying around each other, when it would have been easy to wave the white flag. Harris was a key part of keeping the status quo and is exactly the type of person the Naval Academy looks for.

“I’d like people to remember me as a humble, hardworking kid who got the job done and did it with class,” he said.

Harris has spent the winter, spring and summer prepping for his next chapter of life at NAPS, waking up for 5 a.m. lifts, led by former Liberty and Navy star, Bobby McClarin.

He’s slimmed down since football ended after he felt “chunky” during the season.

With his weight down and his speed up, Harris still has plenty of growth left.

It’s safe to say he’s saving his best for last.

“I know I’ll get acclimated with college speed playing at NAPS,” he said, “but it would be great to be on special teams my freshman year (2020) and head to Ireland to play Notre Dame. I’m definitely going to miss my family and friends from the area, but I know I’ll make new ones.”