Once, twice, three times a national record. Brock Harmon had never returned an interception for a touchdown at the high school level. In Week 6 of his senior season, the Washington (Okla.) High defensive back did it thrice. In six minutes. In the first quarter.
Harmon became the first prep player ever to return three picks for scores in a single quarter, breaking a record previously owned by 15 different players, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book (h/t MaxPreps).
“It's pretty cool to do something like that,” Harmon told The Oklahoman. “I feel like it's gone under the radar, but that's kind of how we want things around here."
His first-quarter interception returns of 31, 42 and 32 yards reportedly all came in the first six minutes of Washington's 57-14 victory against Hinton (Okla.) on Oct. 11.
"As soon as he took the second one back, I thought, 'This is pretty special,'" Washington coach Brad Beller told the Oklahoma High School Sports Express, "and then, as soon as the third one took place, you did in the back of your mind start wondering how many people have ever done anything like that, especially in six minutes of football."
In seven games this season, Harmon has totaled six interceptions and 48 tackles. While he'd never returned a pick for a TD as a prep before, he's no stranger to the end zone. Also the team's quarterback, he's 42-of-63 for 693 yards and seven touchdowns through the air to go along with 580 carries and eight scores on 89 carries from the ground.
Meanwhile, the record of four interceptions in a quarter still stands, but with three regular-season games and likely a playoff contest or two left for the Warriors (6-1), Harmon has a shot at the national record of six interception returns for TDs in a season. Heck, he might even accomplish that feat in the first quarter this weekend.