Healthy Harmon Churning Through Opponents
Photo courtesy of Will Ruff, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Pontotoc is off to an early 4-0 start in 2018. Running back Gabe Harmon has been a huge factor in the Warriors quick start. Harmon is finally in the backfield again after overcoming a lot of adversity to get back healthy.
“I tore my lisfranc,” Harmon told SES Mississippi. “It was a brutal injury and it took a lot of therapy and pushing myself to play last year. Even when I played, I was only about 70 percent though. I’m 100 percent this season and feel really good.”
According to Harmon, the biggest challenge from his injury was staying in touch mentally. He continued to push through and is now ready to reap the benefits this season.
“It took a big toll on me mentally because my mind knew what my body was used to doing but my foot wouldn’t let me,” Harmon said. “It really is a blessing to be back out there and I’m extremely thankful that I’m back healthy.”
According to Harmon, Coach Jeff Carter was a huge piece of the puzzle in his recovery. He was a positive voice for Harmon through the process and helped to keep him engaged because of the toll the injury was taking on Harmon mentally.
“He was really supportive through the whole process,” Harmon said. “I’ve always been a believer in playing high school football because of the life lessons it teaches and Coach Carter has really helped mold me into a man as well as a better football player.”
Despite only being 70 percent last season, Harmon still ran for 637 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry. He certainly has a lot of big play ability for the Warriors this season, and he’s looking to be more explosive, like a star from the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I want to model my game after Kareem Hunt,” Harmon said. “I love that he’s a balanced back and his ability to make big plays. He has really gotten the job done so far.”
Harmon is now back to 100 percent and is ready to wreak havoc in 4A football. Harmon has set his expectations for himself high. While he is flying under the radar, Harmon is ready to step into the spotlight.
“I want to go for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns,” Harmon said. “My main goal is to have 5,000 career yards and 50 career touchdowns, but this year I really feel like the sky is the limit if I can keep my focus and stay healthy.”