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Harris making Raiders believers

August 20, 2002

Jack Harris may have needed a change of scenery when he left Terrell Academy to head up the Southland Academy Raiders football program, but the scenery is about the only thing that will change.

Harris, who had tons of success at Terrell Academy, brings not only a winning tradition to the Raiders program, but also a new attitude. Harris has already revamped the Raiders weight program in addition to installing his infamous three yards and a cloud of dust offense.

After a 4 and 6 season, the Raiders welcome the change and the new head coach says they're starting to buy into his philosophy. Jack Harris said, "We're trying to get these kids to be confident in what we're doing and they're starting to become believers and if you can make them believe, you know, they can perform miracles for you." Senior Lijah Hobgood said, "I remember the first time he talked to us. And you could tell the intensity, the everything that he brings to football through that first meeting we had and it was a lot, lot different."

The Raiders open up the 2002 season this Friday against a familiar foe to Harris. Southland hosts Westwood, the team that Harris lost to in last year's double-A state title game.

Posted at 9:30 P.M. by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com