By Chelsa Messinger
Last year Harris County High School Football was full of surprises.
After starting the season with four-straight losses, the Tigers roared back with eight-straight wins en route to the Third Round of the State Playoffs.
But this year, it's about a hotter start, and bigger goals.
"I think a good start will help us get to our goal, 10 wins and an undefeated season," said Harris Co. Defensive End Key Hicks.
"We have to start off good so we can finish good," said Harris Co. Defensive Back AJ Howard. "I know if we would've started the way we finished last year, we would've won 10 games."
But the Tigers aren't surprising anyone this year. Although they lose starting Quarterback Justin Wright, they return star running back Esaias Chapman.
"I can tell you he's a heck of a running back," said Harris Co. Head Coach Tommy Parks. "Last year he fumbled one time and rushed for over 2000 yards, so that says a lot about him."
Chapman put up some of the best numbers of any running back in the state, and also is considered to be one of the best Zone Running back in the area. However, he hasn't stopped trying to improve.
"I've been running the 100 [yard dash] a lot to work on my top speed," said Chapman. "So I can be gone every time I get the ball."
Coach Parks says Chapman will be the workhorse of the offense, but still expects production from new starting Quarterback TaQuon Marshall.
"He's a Junior, but he's a motivational guy," said Coach Parks. "He's got a high spirit and hopefully can get a couple games under his belt and get comfortable under center."
Harris Co. has no time for a slow start this year. They start the season against Houston Co., the same team that handed them their first loss last season.
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