Harris and Eckard take aim at record book


Continuing MDVarsity.com's look back at records set during the 2009 high school football season, today's focus is receiving and other records.

One player accounted for a host of record book updates this season. Arundel's Ronnie Harris set game, season and career records his senior season. Beginning with the game records, Harris had a 20-catch, 293-yard receiving performance in the region final against Old Mill. Both marks are good for second all-time.

The receptions mark is just behind North County's Nat Randall who had 21 catches against Annapolis in 1999. The receiving yards mark is just behind Bladensburg's Tony Kennedy who recorded 297 yards against Laurel in 1986.

Moving on to the season records, Harris finished 2009 with 28 receiving touchdowns which places him No. 1. Harris breaks the old record set by St. John's at Prospect Hall's Max Morris (27).

Harris places second all-time with 1,655 receiving yards in a season. The mark is just behind Morris' record of 1,719 yards.

The largest difference between an old and the new is Harris' 114 receptions this season - 11 more than the previous record. Harris broke former Arundel receivers Brandon Johnson-Farrell and Alec Lemon's record of 103 in one year.

With record-setting season records, it comes as no surprise that Harris placed his name in several career categories, as well.

The senior finished his career with 190 receptions, breaking Morris' record of 186. Harris also finished with 48 career receiving touchdowns, which is second behind Morris' 49.


As if Linganore's 14-0 state championship and No. 1 ranked season was not enough, senior kicker Alex Eckard set two state records.

Eckard became the new career leader for career extra points with 205. The senior kicked 65 extra points this season, following a junior season in which he kicked 72. As a freshman and sophomore, Eckard kicked 25 and 43 extra points, respectively.

Eckard's performance breaks the previous record of 164 set by former Damascus kicker Marc Magas set from 2005 to 2008.

Also this season, Eckard holds the career record for field goals with 24. Eckard made eight field goals this season, seven as a junior, four as a sophomore and five as a freshman.

Eckard breaks the old record of 23 field goals that was previously held by Broadneck's Chris Desautels between 2002 and 2004.


Considering the importance of the region finals and the players involved it is not too much of a shock that the Old Mill at Arundel game set another record this season.

With Harris' record-setting day in tow, the two teams combined to score 113 points. That surpasses the old record for most points scored by two teams in one game.

The previous mark was 107 originally set in 1929 by La Salle (now Bishop Walsh) against Berkeley Springs (W.Va.).