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RtN: Baldwyn's Calvin Harris

As a sophomore this fall Calvin Harris emerged as one of the top playmakers for Baldwyn. He helped lead the Bearcats to a 10-5 record and an appearance in the 2A North final.

“Being dedicated had a lot to do with it,” Harris said of the season’s success. “Staying focused on the goal that me and my team had. Just working at practice.”

Offensively he lead the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He finished the season with 48 catches for 1,105 yards - 23 yards per catch - and 13 touchdowns.

On the other side he tallied 19 tackles and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a score.

“My technique and my ability to get open,” He said when asked what makes him effective offensively. “Defense wise, just being able to read the field and read the quarterback.”

Felix Hayes and Ovurton Gates, the Bearcats’ second and third leading pass catchers, respectively, have played their final snaps on the high school level. Next season Harris will be expected to take his game to an even more impressive level. No problem, he’s already working on just that.

“My plan is to go to camps, work on my footwork with my trainer, run and push myself to work harder day-by-day and most importantly lift weights to get bigger,” Harris told SES Mississippi.

The drive to get better comes naturally for the two-way star, who says he has aspirations of getting to “the league.” And he finds motivational inspiration in many things.

“Things that push me are watching myself from last year and watching other workouts on YouTube for me an my trainer to work to adopt. He pushes me to go harder at everything I do. Thing that pushes me to harder to win is that I hate losing. I make sure that I go hard on every play and give my all for my team,” He explained.

His family is also a source of inspiration.

“The drive to be great comes from my brother and my family. They push me to do great through anything I do,” Harris continued.

Harris states that he has a list of goals that includes winning a state championship. As his role expands going into next season, it also changes. He understands that, and he knows what he must do.

“My role is to score every time I touch the ball,” He stated. “I have to keep my head on the right track and help keep my team’s head on track. That way we can all be on the same page and go to the championship.”

Other talented players, such as quarterback John Swinney and lineman Zack Richardson, also return for the Baldwyn in 2017. They can make another run all the 2A North title, but in order to do so they must have Harris be a household name.

**Photo courtesy of John Pitts, Sports Editor of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.

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