Myren Harris is ready to be the featured running back for Chippewa Valley, which will begin defense of its Division 1 state championship next month.
Harris, 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, showed his ability in last year’s season-opening 31-26 comeback win over Saline, which was the first step in Chippewa Valley's 14-0 season.
With running backs Andre Chenault and Ja’von Kimpson hampered by cramps in the first half, Harris took over and rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries, rallying Chippewa Valley from a 19-7 deficit. Harris showed his 4.55 speed by breaking away for a 41-yard run to set up one TD and a 29-yard run to set up another.
“I feel like this is my time to shine,” said Harris, who rushed for 600 yards last season. “My dad told me sometimes a dog has to wait, so I’ve been waiting for this moment and opportunity and I just have to show them what I’m capable of doing.”
Harris has offers from Grand Valley, Ferris Valley and Northern Michigan. He has taken visits to Grand Valley and Saginaw Valley and plans to take a trip to Eastern Illinois this weekend.
But, with Harris’ combination of strength and speed, don’t be surprised if MAC offers come his way this fall.
“He’s our guy (at running back) and a very good receiver out of the backfield,” said 11th-year Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant. “We have four returning starters up front, so we’re going to be big with experience on the offensive line, which is huge for us.”
Senior Charles Wesley (6-2, 270) anchors the offensive line.
Harris feels confident running behind his offensive line.
“It’s amazing because you have relationships with them, and now they are willing to go to battle for me,” said Harris of his offensive linemen.
Josh Kulka is Chippewa Valley's new starting quarterback, taking over for Tommy Schuster, who set several school records.
“He’s a big, strong kid at 6-3, 195, and a great athlete," Merchant said. "He was our outside receiver last year, a great receiver with the best hands on our team. He’ll be more of a thrower than runner.”
Harris' twin brother, Myles Harris, is a two-way starter at receiver and defensive back. He had a team-high eight tackles in the 31-30 state championship game win over Clarkston.