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All-State football: Khari Harding turns in another big season

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE DEFENSIVE BACK — Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding played well despite a tumultuous year.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 23, 2012

Khari Harding's season didn't exactly get off to the kind of start he wanted.

Early in the Wolves' first game against Midwest City, Bombers running back Qualan Johnson put an exclamation point on one of his carries with a crushing hit on Harding.

It didn't take long, though, for Harding to return the favor.

Just a few plays later, Harding came up and laid out Johnson with a big-time hit of his own.

“I don't back down from anything,” Harding said. “I'm going to come back the next time with a fire and that's what I did.”

Harding finished the season with 109 tackles and three interceptions, earning Oklahoman All-State honors.

“He was a more physical football player this year and it started in the summer and led right into the season,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “I also think his grasp of the defense was a lot better this year. His ability to line up and be in the right spot and help get his teammates into the right spot was a lot better this season.”

Not a lot went right in Santa Fe's 52-19 loss to Tulsa Union in the second round, but Harding had his best performance of the season.

He recorded 20 tackles.

“He was really consistent and played well that night,” Manning said. “That was his best game of the year.”

It was a tumultuous year for Harding in a lot of ways.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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