It’s the name that immediately stands out.
It’s not a title. It’s his given name: Mister Harriel.
The Antelope High School senior football star headed to Sacramento State on scholarship basks in his name, its standing and origin. Harriel’s father also goes by Mister Harriel.
“My dad said it’s a name of respect and, to me, it has extra meaning,” Harriel said. “I grew up making sure I gave everyone the utmost respect, talking to them, listening to them, and I’ve made it a point to be a positive role model. Little kids look up to me. Classmates look up to me. I’m honored by that, and I always like to let people know that I’m one person who’s there, at all times.”
Harriel is a giver. He donates time to students on campus, “sometimes on homework, sometimes to listen to their life troubles,” he said.
Harriel told Antelope coach Matt Ray that he would help the Titans any way needed. So the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Harriel did a bit of everything. He rushed for 653 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 477 yards and three scores for a playoff team. He made plays on defense in the secondary as well as on special teams.
So expect to see Harriel everywhere Saturday in The Sacramento Bee 58th Optimist All-Star Classic at Folsom High at 12:30 p.m. The charity contest in support of Camp Ross Relles is for regional senior stars.
Also a starting guard in basketball for Antelope, Harriel said he urges his peers to stay involved. Harriel is an honors student who also plans to compete in track and field and volleyball.
“The track coach said, ‘I saw you hurdle someone in a football game on a run, so if you can hurdle a human, you can clear hurdles in track,’ ” Harriel said. “I just love staying busy.”
Harriel said he is thankful for his parents’ guidance. His father was a basketball star at Valley High in the 1990s who once scored 51 points in a game for College of the Sequoias. His mother, Melissa, played sports growing up, too.
“I’m so lucky to have great parents who care, and a dad who talks to me about life lessons,” Harriel said.
Harriel’s father didn’t have a dad in his life growing up in South Sacramento. Trouble was never far away, and he ran into his share. He learned the hard way, he said Wednesday.
“I tell my son that he has two sure things in his life that a lot of people don’t have or didn’t have, and that’s a mom and dad who love him and expect him to do well, and he has,” the elder Harriel said. “We’re so grateful, so appreciative of what he’s become. He makes us so happy. He’s so highly respected by his peers, carries himself so well, a straight-A student. Wow. What a role model. When you don’t have a father growing up, like I didn’t, you don’t have that role model, and you live life hands on, and it can be tough.
“Our son, all our kids, they’re heaven sent.”
Small-Shool fury – The Sacramento Bee Small-School Classic today at 6 p.m. at Capital Christian will include two record-holders who will be known as all-time program greats.
Colfax running back Tim Rawlins of the North is the Falcons’ single-season and all-time rushing leader and rushing touchdown producer. He rushed for 1,861 yards and 35 touchdownsthis season to power Colfax to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title game against rival Bear River. For his career, the 5-9, 170-pound Rawlins rumbled for 3,569 yards and 51 touchdowns. Rawling is the last in a long line of brothers and cousins to come through the program. Said Colfax coach Tony Martello, “Tim is the best of them all.”
The South includes Winters quarterback Jacob Lowrie, the Northern Section’s all-time total yardage leader with 7,379. Lowrie passed for 129 yards and ran for 143 in Winters’ 42-12 victory over East Nicolaus in the Northern Section championship game to give the Warriors a repeat. For the season, Lowrie passed for 1,760 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 1,338 yards and 22 scores.
Winters coach Daniel Ward has seven Warriors players in the game, and his staff will co-coach with the Capital Christian staff, headed by Phil Grams.
Leg drive – Alex Godinez of Natomas will perform double-duty in The Bee All-Star games. The senior who boomed a section record-tying 58-yard field goal this season will kick for the North in the Small-School and Optimist games.
Godinez’s 58-yarder in a 31-6 win over Lindhursthelped put the Nighthawks in the playoffs after they entered the season with a 22-game losing streak. Godinez said he’s ready for a “60-yarder.”
The Optimist record is 53 yards by Jeremy Wilgus of Jesuit in 1994. Ben Trumm of Folsom boomed a 50-yarder in last year’s game.
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SMALL-SCHOOL CLASSIC AND OPTIMIST ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS
SACRAMENTO BEE SMALL-SCHOOL CLASSIC
Who: Area seniors from Divisions IV-VII
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Capital Christian High School
Tickets: $10, 8-under free; at charactercombine.com or at the gate
David Alexander, Highlands; Wyatt Alexander, Golden Sierra; Tiantai Anderson, Center; Brandon Androkitis, Valley Christian; Jonathon Belonwu, Mesa Verde; Josiah Butler, West Campus; Josh Davis, Bear River; David Duncan, Marysville; Erik Elder, Highlands, Cannon Fetter, Bear River; Nathan Furr, Lindhurst; Chandler Hall, Marysville; Armante Gonzalez, Lindhurst; TJ Ijiili, Foothill; Elias J’Beily, Center; Davion Johnson, Foothill; Kyle Krogman, Bear River; Sam LaHaie, Colfax; Brian Little, Colfax; Mika Lomano, San Juan; Luke Misuraca, Foresthill; Leo Munoz, Lindhurst; Chance Murphy, Valley Christian; Rob Post, Highlands; Tim Rawlins, Colfax; Jack Reichel, West Campus; Xavier Rodriguez, Foothill; David Saetern, Highlands; Elijah Siemering, West Campus; Xavier Small, Foothill; Joel Tifford, Valley Christian; Warren Torrence, Foothill; Antonious Turner, Highlands; John Voter, Bear River.
Head coach: Matt Cokley. Assistant coaches: Dave Pearson; Les Hale; Deon Nunn; DJ Whitfield; Dennis Smith; Mike Pughsley; Nate Harris; Rod Thayer; Dwan Wilson; Carroll Webb.
Alex Aguilar, Cristo Rey; Cameron Botkin, Vacaville Christian; Scott Breckenridge, Delta; Nate Brown, Union Mine; Kevin Buitrago, Galt; Adrian Combs, Winters; Keawe Efhan, Bradshaw Christian; Blake Glover, Vacaville Christian; Dejon Glover, Natomas; Alejandro Godinez, Natomas; Garrison Halsey, Liberty Ranch; Brent Hansen, Dixon; Vernon Harris, Natomas; Isaiah Johnson, Dixon; Tivon Johnson, Natomas; LeKayle Johnston, Capital Christian; Chris Kaye, Winters; Jacob Lowrie, Winters; Hunter Miller, Winters; Tyler Regadanz, Liberty Ranch; Rickey Riise, Winters; Ethan Rogers, Dixon; Keyair Samuel, Natomas; Jared Shaw, Capital Christian; Ryan Toto, Winters; Mitchel Stewart, Winters; Vince Trejo, Liberty Ranch; Chris Victoriano, Capital Christian; Barrett Wilder, Vacaville Christian; Garrett Willmon, Liberty Ranch.
Head coach: Phil Grams. Assistant coaches: Daniel Ward; Matt Cook; Carlos Wilson; Bob Haney; Andre Johansen; Ron Benjamin; Robert Jones; Mike Barron, Mike Olivas.
SACRAMENTO BEE 58TH OPTIMIST ALL STAR GAME
Who: Area seniors from Divisions I-III
When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Folsom High School
Tickets: $10, 8-under free; at charactercombine.com or at the gate
Mister Harriel, Antelope; Leonard Nelson, Woodcreek; Mykal Walker, Vacaville; Larry Hardy, Inderkum; Malik Goss-Pruitt, Grant; TieNeal Marti, Grant; Jonathan Nehry, Inderkum; Ben Hart, Del Oro; Jacques Cheatham, Grant; Logan Hurst, Del Oro; Dalton Bannister, Del Oro; Clark Pietromanaco, Placer; Issac Lessard, Jesuit, Said Webster, El Camino; John Horn, Yuba City; Ivan Prevost, Inderkuml Khayrl Carter, Jesuit; Bryce Kasche, Roseville; Caelen Barnes, Antelope; Maleek Stewart, El Camino; DJ Cates, River Valleyl Issac Cisnaros, Del Campo; Jamal Penn, River Valley; Nu’umo Falo, Inderkum; Peiter Koopman, Rio Linda; Ryan Gray, Placer; Jacob Nolen, Del Oro; Jabar Hally, Inderkum; Matt Tyler, Rocklin; Kyle Powers, Roseville, Fila Hingano, Rio Linda; Matt Cross, Nevada Union; Jim Carter, El Camino; Hunter Clark, Rio Linda; Brian Lee, Woodcreek; Nick McFall, Nevada Union; Jackson Tate, Placer; Daniel Grimes, Del Oro; Prabhneet Sahi, Inderkum; Steven Ponzo, Granite Bay; Tevita Tupou, Grant.
Head coach: Terry Stark. Assistant coaches: Mike Dimino; Miles Stark; Tod Hamasaki; John Paul; Vince Heater; Terrance Leonard; Bob Lagomarsino; Aaron Goldstein; Arnold Laws; Keba Weitherspoon.
Chris Williams, Laguna Creek; Darius Mahone, Sheldon; Shaunard Harts, Elk Grove; Patrick Walker, Franklin; Jaqwuan Brown-Collins, Laguna Creek; Kryon Basped, Sacramento Charter; Eltoro Allen, Elk Grove; Keshawn Ates, Burbank; Gerald Pliman, Burbank; Lonny Powell, Sacramento Charter; Matt Jimison, Vista del Lago; Adam Walker, Oak Ridge; Tyler Crandall, Folsom; Reid Abshear, Franklin; Christopher Guillen, Christian Brothers; Jalen Swanigan, Christian Brothers; Andrew Lackowski, Oak Ridge; Manny Scott-Anderson, Elk Grove; Trey Nahhas, Monterey Trail; Daniel Tveretinov, Rosemont; Spencer Sheff, Elk Grove; Derek Carroll, Pleasant Grove; Keylen Newsome, Valley; Chigozie Nnoruka, Kennedy; Armondo Glinton, Cosumnes Oaks; John Gray, River City; Joshua Johnson, Cosumnes Oaks; Kellen Ralph, Christian Brothers; Emosi Finau Jr., Burbank; West Simpson, Sacramento Charter; Sai Ta’amu, Elk Grove; Bailey Laolagi, Folsom; Brodrick Price, Christian Brothers; Joseph Botsch, Cosumnes Oaks; Ronell Deo, Franklin; George Uribe, Vista del Lago; Rodney Spidell, Monterey Trail; Brandon Johnson Franklin.
Head coach: Mike Johnson. Assistant coaches: Jim Rubiales; Jim Hall; Brian Prahl; Randy Rubiales; Dumarie Johnson; Gerald Hifner, Marty Tomlinson; Bob Hunter; Lee Isaac.