WASHINGTON — Brock Harmon knew he had done something special after he returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a span of six minutes.
But the Washington senior defensive back was shocked to find out he'd become the first high school football player ever to accomplish the feat.
Harmon's first-quarter touchdown returns of 31, 42, and 32 yards set a national high school record during Washington's 57-14 win over Hinton on Oct. 11.
“It's pretty cool to do something like that,” said Harmon, whose record was officially recognized last week by the National Federation of State High School Associations. “I feel like it's gone under the radar, but that's kind of how we want things around here.”
For Harmon, seeing his teammates make blocks to pave his way into the end zone was far more important than having his name go in the record books.
“I couldn't have done it without the guys blocking in front of me,” Harmon said. “My name goes in the record books, but it's a team accomplishment. Also, not to brag or anything, but it shows people how good our secondary is. We think we're one of the best in the state.”
Washington coach Brad Beller says athletic director Stuart McPherson quickly began researching the record after Harmon's second interception return. While school officials were aware once the record had been broken, Beller and the team didn't find out until after the game.
“When someone's having a good game, like Brock was, you do start to think, ‘How many people have ever done that?'” said Beller, whose team is 6-1 and 4-0 in District 2A-3. “When the third one happened, that's when we knew he had really done something special. Still, you definitely don't ever think about it being a national record or anything.”
Beller says the Warriors are starting to play their best football of the season, and he believes the record-setting performance has played a key role.
“I really think it started with Brock returning those three interceptions for touchdowns,” Beller said. “It's one thing to get three interceptions, but to get three and return them, you had to have a team effort. Even though Brock's name is next to it, that record is something that has unified us. It gave us a good feeling about what we're doing and what we're capable of doing in the games that remain ahead of us.”
Washington plays host to Mangum this Friday, and will have a bye week before facing Lindsay (5-2, 4-0) in Week 10 with the district championship on the line.
“We're close to where we want to be come playoff time,” Beller said. “So far, we've taken care of everything we've needed to in order to accomplish what we want to. I think that Lindsay looming in Week 10 definitely has our attention and keeps us focused on how good we need to be to beat them and win a district title.”