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A Championship Night

Eleanor Roosevelt football coach Rick Houchens was a little tired on the other end of the phone this morning, but he had no problem communicating his enthusiasm after watching former Raider All-Met Derrick Harvey help Florida beat Ohio State, 41-14, for the national championship on Monday night. (For a look at the other All-Mets in 2003, click here.)

"I feel like I won the lottery but I just haven't gotten my check yet," Houchens said. "Just excited to see him really showcase his talents on a national stage. It doesn't get any bigger than that. We talked about it a lot the last couple days. I told him he had a chance to seize the moment and show people how good he really is."

Harvey, who did not play football until his junior year of high school, finished with three sacks and a fumble recovery in the title game and was named the game's defensive MVP. "It doesn't get much better than that," Houchens said. "And doing that as a [redshirt] sophomore, the best is yet to come. With the guys they're losing on the defensive line, next year he should be the showcase guy."

As for current local high school players, DeMatha lineman Calvin Johnson has picked up a scholarship offer from Western Carolina and plans to visit the I-AA school this weekend, according to Stags Coach Bill McGregor, who was the 2003 All-Met Coach of the Year.

By Josh Barr  | January 9, 2007; 11:53 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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