TARBORO, N.C. (WITN) - Tarboro senior football standout Christian Harrison is our newest WITN Pepsi Player of the Week!
On Saturday, the undefeated Tarboro football team (14-0) will have a chance to win its third straight 1AA state title. The Vikings will also try to extend their 44-game winning streak to 45.
The Tarboro defense has been dominant all season. The Vikings are giving up less than three points per game. One of the main anchors on the Vikings' defensive line is senior defensive tackle Christian Harrison.
All aboard the Christian Harrison train!
"I really don't believe you can single block him," said Tarboro head football coach Jeff Craddock at practice Monday. "He demands a double-team sometimes a triple-team, and of course that's been paramount to what we've been able to do."
A humble 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Harrison's size and athleticism are total game changers for this stout Vikings' defense.
"My athletic ability," said Harrison when asked about his best attribute. "The way that I can move around, get down the field, I can just do it all."
"He has worked extremely hard," added Craddock. "He has gotten a lot stronger. And his length and athleticism, he just presses people off of him. And Christian has been doing it well all year, and he's been dominant the last two weeks in the playoffs, and it's really made our defense better."
The Vikings have given up just 41 points all season, pitching nine shutouts in the process. And Harrison is second on the team with 86 total tackles. 19 of those tackles coming from behind the line. Three of those being sacks. All showcasing major growth for a two-year starter who was ineligible during his sophomore year.
"I'm proud of myself because I could've easily given up, but I stuck with it," Harrison said at practice Monday.
"Now to see all of his hard work pay off, and have a chance to finish his senior year winning a state championship, those are all special things that you're just going to miss," Craddock said.
But no one missed Harrison's highlight reel interception in the Vikings' third round win over North Rowan.
"[The ball] was there," said Harrison describing the play. "I saw it. My eyes were like 'Whoa! I see it and I got it!' I was so happy."
"I don't know how he caught it, but it was one great play, that's for sure!" Craddock exclaimed
A great play by a great player, who dreams of winning one more state title before hopefully getting a shot to play at the collegiate level.
Once again, Harrison and the Vikings will play for their third straight 1AA state title this upcoming Saturday, December 14. It will be a rematch of last year's state championship with Tarboro kicking off against East Surry (14-0). The game will start at 7 p.m. at Duke's Wallace-Wade Stadium in Durham.
For more on Harrison, check out the video above! (Feature airs Tuesday during WITN Sports at 6:20 p.m.)
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