October 2, 2008

Despite loss, Harris shines on defense

It had been just under a month since Texas A&M commit Dustin Harris and his Livingston teammates had played a football game prior to Tuesday night's contest at Lumberton. Because of Hurricane Ike hitting the region hard, all the District 20-4A games from this past weekend were moved to Tuesday with all eight teams scheduled to play again on short rest this coming Saturday.

Livingston fell to Lumberton 37-16 in a game that saw the Lions only tally 134 yards of total offense. Their two scores came via a 75-yard kickoff return in the first half and a touchdown in mop-up duty with less than three minutes left in the game. Harris says he was not particularly proud of how his team opened up district play.

"We just weren't ready for that game at all," said the 6-foot, 160-pound athlete. "I don't think we should have lost that game, but we came out looking so bad; all of us, me included.

"I guess it's from the time we had off, but it looked like we had never played a single game before, our whole season or our whole life. To me, it made us look like the slowest team in the district, but we're really not. We're probably the second-fastest team in the district (behind Beaumont Central)."

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