Harrison didn't let the rivalry emotions overcome the team's execution Friday night.
Andrew Johnson rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and Justin Davis had three rushing touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 38-14 win over rival Sierra at Memorial Stadium. Harrison (2-5, 1-1 3A Southern) piled up nearly 300 yards on the ground en route to securing the Superintendents' Trophy for the third consecutive year.
"Everybody was all hyped up for this game and said they were going to come out and work, and that's what they did," said Johnson, a senior who had touchdown runs of 12 and 44 yards. "Our line, our receivers, defense - everything just came together. When that happens, you win games."
The victory gives Harrison some momentum.
"We had a good game plan going in, and the kids executed it well," Harrison coach Al Melo said. "When you can do that, good things can happen. We've got a young team, and the young guys played well tonight."
After the Stallions (1-6, 0-2) failed to convert on a fourth-and-1 from their own 45, Davis took off on a 40-yard scamper off right tackle on a bootleg to give Harrison a 6-0 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. Sierra fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Davis, the Panthers' third-string quarterback to start the season, scored off left tackle on fourth down less than three minutes later.
Maleek Spencer's 44-yard run set up Remmon Brown for a 2-yard touchdown plunge for Sierra with 8:09 left in the half to cut the Panthers' lead to 14-7. Harrison responded less than three minutes later with a 12-yard run by Johnson.
Davis scored from six yards out with 10:51 left in the game for a 30-7 Harrison advantage. Johnson's breakaway from 44 yards with 6:57 remaining made it 38-7 before Spencer found the end zone on a 25-yard run with 4:02 left.
On the defensive side, Darius Graves recorded his 11th sack of the season, a single-season school record for Harrison that also gave the senior the school's career sack record.
"Our line opened up everything for me tonight, so all the credit goes to them," Johnson said. "Justin Davis is good, but he's going to continue to work and will be real good when he's a junior and senior. This is the main (win) we wanted, and it's going to be our booster."
In the end, Harrison's rushing attack was too much.
"We had our shots, but we didn't get it done," Sierra coach Dean Huffman said. "I know we missed some opportunities. We just couldn't get it going, and they ran that nice little off-tackle play and we had trouble with it all night."