When you average 27.5 yards per carry, you tend to draw some attention.
On Oct. 21, Salado senior running back Jake Harvey gained 248 yards on only nine carries, scoring on runs of 45, 50 and 50 yards.
He had Mexia’s attention but their defenders had difficulty catching the 5-10, 175-pound, ultra-fleet Harvey. And after Salado’s 46-8 romp over Mexia, Harvey had the attention of those voting for the Freddy’s-KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week award, ultimately capturing the honor.
“Against Mexia, our offensive line blocked the best they’ve blocked all season,” Harvey said. “Plus, going into that game, we had a really good week of practice. Our coaches had us very well prepared.
“I did expect us to beat Mexia. I knew Mexia hadn’t played a team that runs the Slot-T before. I figured they’d be confused by what we do.”
Harvey, naturally enough, loves the Slot-T.
“Yes,” he said, “as a running back, it’s an offense that really fits me well. Our team has embraced it.”
This has been a special season for Salado. After suffering a collective 1-20 record over the past two years, the Eagles had a playoff berth locked up after their eighth 2016 game.
“I confess, I never would have expected that we’d have had a playoff spot after just eight games,” Harvey said. “But we all worked very hard to make this season a successful one.”
Also nominated for the Player of the Week award were Florence’s Edel Hernandez, Harker Heights’ Jameel Hodges, Killeen’s Marcellus Johnson and Belton cross country star Brooke Gilmore.
Harvey and Salado (5-4, 2-2 District 9-4A, D-II) host Waco Connally in the regular-season finale on Friday.
After that, the Eagles will prepare for the postseason.
Next fall, Harvey is planning on attending college.
“I would like to play football in college,” he said. “But if it doesn’t happen, that’s fine. I do plan on studying business.”