New Lothrop’s Harrison AP Division 7-8 Player of Year
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Aidan Harrison grew up in Flushing and spent his first three years of high school there playing football, basketball and running track.
But Harrison always wanted to play football at nearby New Lothrop, a smaller school about 10 miles west of Flushing. His parents went to New Lothrop, his grandfather spent 30 years running the clock at Hornets’ games and he attended his first game at New Lothrop, where he spent many weekends.
When Harrison’s parents got the opportunity to purchase land in New Lothrop last summer, they jumped at the opportunity and that allowed Harrison to fulfill a lifelong dream, one that had a storybook ending when he helped the Hornets (13-1) win the Division 7 state championship.
The Missouri recruit excelled on both sides of the ball and was rewarded for his outstanding season by being named The Associated Press Division 7-8 Player of the Year.
“It’s unbelievable,” said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Harrison, who will be a defensive back at Missouri. “It was crazy. We started rolling and then once Week 9 hit and we got our loss (at Traverse City St. Francis), we took a step back and realized where we were and after that it kind of flew by.”
On offense, Harrison racked up 1,144 total yards and 25 touchdowns as a wide receiver and running back. He rushed for 766 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 479 receiving yards and eight TDs.
During a 50-44 victory over Madison Heights Madison in the highest-scoring championship game in Michigan High School Athletic Association history, he opened the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown run before returning a kick 96 yards for another TD. He finished with 197 all-purpose yards.
Harrison also played the final three games of the season with a broken right hand.
“He showed everyone on the field what kind of athlete he is but I think what a lot of people don’t know is the non-athlete Aidan,” said Clint Galvas, the Division 7-8 co-Coach of the Year. “That’s what I feel is as important as the athletic side, the leadership and character he brought to our team. Day 1, when he came over here toward the end of June, it was just incredible how he fit in with everyone.
“He was one of those kids you felt like you knew your whole life. He really embraced the brotherhood of our team. Here’s a guy who was with our team for five or six weeks and he was voted a team captain. He’s a great role model. I have a 9-year-old son who loves him to death. He draws pictures of Aidan.”
Joining Harrison on the first team were New Lothrop teammates Avery Moore and Allan Jamick.
Rounding out the first team were Austin Brown and Chauncey Ernest of Madison Heights Madison; Kendel Taylor and Klayton Cornell of Madison Heights Bishop Foley; Ethan LoPresto, Nick Affholter and Ben Affholter of Reading; Cameron Wirth, John Martin and Alec Thelen of Pewamo-Westphalia; Ridge Schutte of Whittemore-Prescott; Josh Cox of Ravenna; Earnest Sanders of Flint Beecher; Victor Nelson of Detroit Central; Tyson Claeys of Johannesburg-Lewiston; Reid Marshall of St. Ignace; Schriver Miller of Breckenridge; Mike McLeod of Lake City; Kaleb Budnick of Rogers City; Daniel Smith of Carson City-Crystal; Rayvon Williamson of Detroit Community; Adam LeGault of Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port; Aaron Herron of Holton; Tyrese Hunt-Thompson of Cassopolis; and Evan Orme of Riverview Gabriel Richard.
The other Division 7-8 co-Coach of the Year is Kris Robinson of Breckenridge.