September 28, 2011
It's a common exaggeration to say that a star is (or was) a one-man team. On Friday, for one school in Oregon, that was almost accurate.
As brought to Prep Rally's attention by blog reader Joe Dominey and reported by the Daily Astorian, Astoria (Ore.) High quarterback Conor Harber somehow had a hand in every one of his team's 52 points in a 52-26 victory against Cottage Grove (Ore.) High. The senior passer threw for five touchdowns, ran for two on his own, and then converted all seven extra points to boot (no pun intended).
As if that wouldn't be enough to tire him out, Harber also connected on a 40-yard field goal to round out his rather eventful night, and push his team's point total to 52.
Or, in another way of looking at it, he made the score: Conor Harber 52, Cottage Grove 26.
You can see Harber passing, running and kicking his way through the Lions defense in the game's highlights above (he's wearing number 11 in purple). Just to make sure he kept busy, Harber also handled all of Astoria's punting and kickoff duties, too. Given how often he was celebrating in the end zone, that called for a whopping nine kickoffs and two punts.
It would follow that Harber's single-game statistics from the Cottage Grove victory are gaudy … and they are. The senior completed 16-of-22 passes for 263 yards and five touchdowns, he carried the ball 12 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns -- including the 98-yard touchdown sneak you see at the 3:15 mark of the video above -- and connected on all of his aforementioned kicks. Harber also added 5 yards worth of punt returns on a lone return (he fair caught another punt for no return).
That's 450 all-purpose yards, seven touchdowns and a whole lot of offensive action.
Amazingly, as dominant as Harber is on the football field, he might be even better at another sport. As the ever-rare slugging pitcher, Harber went 17-1 on the mound and hit better than .600 while leading the Fishermen to the 2011 Oregon Class 4A state baseball title.
Those hardball heroics have inspired top NCAA baseball schools like Oregon State to inquire about his services, though he remains uncommitted to any college at this point.
After the game he put up on Friday night, some schools might want to consider bringing him in to help their football program, too.
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