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After strong debut, Summer Creek’s Harrison gets first crack at spring practice

May 5, 2019

Kenny Harrison made quite a debut in his first season at Summer Creek.

He led the Bulldogs to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history. Harrison credits his players on trusting him to lead the Bulldogs in his first season.

“Just proud of the kids,” Harrison said. “It’s a tough situation to come to high school and do things one way for three years and for seven months the kids had to change their way of thinking and that was difficult. They did a tremendous job of buying in and leading this team to a place that they have never been before.”

But now he has to do it again.

The Bulldogs had their first spring practice under Harrison on April 23. The Bulldogs will have their spring game on May 24.

Harrison said his squad was ready to go on the first day of spring ball.

“A lot of guys have retained a lot of things from last fall,” Harrison said. “We have some young guys that have retained a lot and have gone through our system now that’s in place.”

Summer Creek will bring back District 22-6A MVP Bryan Bush, who stepped on the field last fall to help guide the Bulldogs to the playoffs. The squad finished with a 9-4 overall record. The Bulldogs offensive line has young talent in left tackle Kevin Banks and right tackle Luke Lapeze, who was the starting center on varsity.

The goal this spring is to make sure every day is physical.

“We want to definitely build depth,” Harrison said. “We want to get our kids out here playing hard week in and week out. We want to focus on the small things. We feel if we focus on the small things we have a chance to be a pretty good team in the fall.”

Harrison would like to his band of Bulldogs fight until the spring game.

“We’re just trying to create competition at every single position,” Harrison said. “We want to find the best players out here each day. There’s competition all over the field. We want to make sure we have depth at all positions and its key to stay healthy all spring.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com