San Marcos junior quarterback James Harwell passed for four touchdowns, rushed for another and made life generally miserable for the opposition Friday night in the Knights’ 47-27 victory at Del Norte High.
All that and Harwell may be out of a job in two weeks when starter Will Freed returns from a broken jaw.
“That will be a nice problem to have,” said San Marcos coach Jason Texler, who will wait until Freed is completely healthy before making any decisions. For now, the coach is more than happy with Harwell.
“He’s got all the athleticism and he’s doing everything we’ve asked him to do,” said Texler.
Harwell has guided San Marcos (6-2, 3-0) to an unbeaten start in the Valley League, positioning the Knights to win the league title with victories in their final two regular-season games. He passed for two touchdowns in the first half and two more TDs in the third quarter, completing 19 of 25 passes for 217 yards in the game.
So has he earned the right to remain behind center? “I’m not a coach. That’s for them to decide. I just go out and play,” said Harwell.
San Marcos running back Dustin Lorenzen nearly doubled his season rushing total (106 yards) when he took a handoff on the Knights’ second play from scrimmage, kicked it outside and raced 85 yards for the game’s first score.