Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Springdale’s Josh Harmon
During his random stops by the football facilities this past offseason, Springdale coach Dave Leasure seemed to always be bumping into junior running back Josh Harmon, who would be working out on the practice field.
“It was a Friday night, about six o’clock, I looked down at the field and saw Harmon working out by himself,” Leasure said. “He knows he doesn’t have that natural freakish ability, and he knows he has to work. He’s never been a kid that we’ve had to poke and prod. He’s a football player.”
Harmon made an immediate impact for the Dynamos in Week Zero. He took a simple swing pass from quarterback Sammy Carey and turned it into a 64-yard touchdown reception for Springdale’s first points of the season. The Class A Dynamos fell to Class 2A Burrell, 33-20.
The highlight of the touchdown was Harmon’s run after the catch when he fought off one of Burrell’s best players, Max Garda, on his way to the end zone.
Harmon finished with 94 receiving yards and rushed for 91 more.
How long have you been playing running back?
Since I was about 6 years old.
What did Springdale learn from last week’s loss?
We learned we’ve got to get in better shape because Burrell was in better shape than us.
How has your role in Springdale’s wing-T offense grown since last year?
I feel like Coach Leasure can trust me to carry some of the weight of the offense
How good did that 64-yard touchdown reception against Burrell feel?
It felt really good. It was my third varsity touchdown. It got the whole team hyped.
What’s it like to be in the Springdale offensive huddle?
I’d say that it’s pretty laid back at times, and funny, but we’re serious at the same time.
The Dynamos offensive line averages more than 260 pounds. What’s it like to run behind a line that big?
It’s pretty nice having them up there. It’s hard to be seen behind them because they’re so tall.
What’s it going to take to get to the postseason and advance in the playoffs?
A lot of hard work and dedication. Focus during games and working out more than just at practice.
Why do you wear No. 44?
My mom and dad wore that number when they played sports in high school.
Who is your favorite NFL running back?
Le’Veon Bell. The way he runs and sets up his blocks with his lineman.
What is your most prized football collectible?
I have a signed Antonio Brown jersey. I have close to 1,000 football cards.
What are your favorite college and NFL football teams?
Steelers and Pitt, Ohio State and Michigan.
Do you have a nickname?
“Chicken Parm-Harm.” I don’t know where it came from they just said it one day.
William Whalen is a freelance writer.