Finding time to work on his football game wasn’t easy for Trell Harris last year.
Between playing football, basketball and running track, Harris had a scarcity of free time.
But the Lyons sophomore wide receiver has been a breakout player this season in the West Suburban Silver.
Harris caught two touchdown passes in a 34-7 victory over Leyden on Friday.
A year ago, Harris was on the freshmen team, but he made sure to find sufficient time to refine his game to receive a promotion to the varsity.
“I just put in a lot of work during the offseason,” Harris said. “I was doing 7-on-7s, working with Midwest Boom and traveling across the state. I wanted to play on varsity. I just did anything to get better.”
Harris credits his uncle, Matthew Harris, for serving as a mentor and providing insight into what he needs to be successful. Harris was a former standout at Lyons and Northwestern before retiring from football in 2016. Harris said his workouts with his uncle motivated him.
“He taught me to just focus on the mental side, keep my head up even after a bad play and to always give it my all,” he said.
Through six games, Harris has caught two touchdowns in two different games to help lead the Lions (3-3) closer to a possible playoff berth. Harris said his improved route running is a big reason for his success.
The big-play ability of Harris is a nice addition for an offense that already includes senior wide receivers Sam Rodriguez and Chris Clarke, who has 13 offers. Harris hauled in touchdown catches of 72 and 34 yards as the Lions scored 34 unanswered points against Leyden.
“We have a really strong receiver corps,” Clarke said. “Trell is really good. We have a lot of options. It’s amazing how well Trell is playing. He will do a lot of big things over the next two years.”
The Lions have a tough test Friday when they host undefeated Glenbard West.
Fenwick knocks off Marmion
Max Reece had a breakout game in Fenwick’s 31-26 win over Marmion in CSL/ESCC White action. The sophomore wide receiver had four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns to move the Friars (3-3, 1-1) to the .500 mark.
“It was important for our seniors,” Fenwick coach Gene Nudo said. “We’ve had some real loyal guys who have stayed with us. I’m happy for the eight sophomores starting on the team.
“A homecoming win is that it’s all about. When it got close at the end, things we had practiced came through.”
Red Devils coming on strong
By beating York 28-21 on Friday, Hinsdale Central is another week closer to a potential matchup of undefeated West Suburban Silver members. Hinsdale Central (6-0, 3-0) faces winless Proviso West this week before a huge showdown at Glenbard West (6-0, 3-0) on Oct. 19.
The Red Devils have won three games by eight points or less, while the Hilltoppers have not been challenged yet this season. Glenbard West has outscored its opponents by a whopping 310-50. Since allowing 28 points against Maine South in Week 1, the Hilltoppers’ defense has really clamped down. They’ve given up just 22 points in the last five games.