Sam Harris

Senior Sam Harris is a three-year starter at linebacker for the Pillow Academy Mustangs.

“Dynamite comes in small packages.”

That’s Tripp McCarty’s message for any opponents who might think twice about overlooking the impact Sam Harris has on the Mustangs’ defense.

Harris is listed at 5-9, 175 pounds. When asked about how those numbers on the PA roster were exaggerated. The Pillow head coach said: “Well, I hate to list anybody smaller than 5-9. He’s closer to that than 175 pounds for sure.”

But height and weight is just a number when you play with the heart and fire as Harris. He proved that last year when he led the team in tackles as a junior. He had 105 stops even though he missed a pair of games last season.

Harris picked up right where he left off in the 2019 opener — posting a team-high 14 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage. His play helped the swarming Mustang defense hold Jackson Academy to 61 rushing yards in PA’s 26-21 win over the Raiders.

“Sam, in his third year as a starter, has played a lot of football for us. He’s been through the wars with all the big boys — Jackson Prep, MRA and JA. He’s never once shied away from the challenge,” McCarty said. “He does a real good job of dissecting things in front of him and using the correct angles to attack the ballcarrier.

“I can you this for sure. Sam is very, very angry when he gets to the ball. He has embraced contact from the very first

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