Kinder running back Marshall Harmon piled up 1,372 yards and 19 touchdowns in last year’s regular season, and has gained 283 yards and scored five touchdowns in two games this season. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:50 PM
The Kinder Yellow Jackets are unbeaten in 11 consecutive regular season games, and a pair of senior stalwarts are doing everything they can to keep that streak going.
Running back Marshall Harmon and defensive end Stone LaBuff are putting in work on and off the field to lead the Yellow Jackets, who reached the Class 2A quarterfinals last season before losing to eventual state champion John Curtis.
Harmon piled up 1,372 yards and 19 touchdowns in last year’s regular season, and has gained 283 yards and scored five touchdowns in two games this season.
LaBuff fought through injuries last season, but has been at full strength this season in leading a Yellow Jackets defense that allows only 9.5 points and 136 yards per game.
Jeff Wainwright said Harmon makes the Yellow Jackets offense go.
“He has been our tailback for two-and-a-half years and he has done it all. He runs, blocks, we have thrown it to him. He is as complete as it gets. Up to this point we have had a lot of success and a lot of it goes down to his will to run and break tackles. He is a good kid and hard worker.”
Harmon is taking on a larger role defensively this season, starting at linebacker.
“He is a sure tackler and always finds his way to the ball,” said Wainwright.
LaBuff has emerged as a leader defense.
“Stone is entering his third year starting at defensive end and is doing a real good job,” said Wainwright.
“He went through a stretching program this offseason and is a major factor on the defensive line. He doubles up on offense at tight end. He has never played there before so is learning position, but he is a big, strong guy that can help us.”
Harmon and LaBuff have a mutual respect for each other.
“Stone is a great player, he is smart, competitive and strong,” said Harmon.
“Marshall is a great guy, he does everything he is supposed to do, is a good student and works extra hard in the weight room,” said LaBuff.
Harmon said he is looking to improve on last year’s numbers.
“I want to improve myself, get more yards and touchdowns than last year,” said Harmon. “I love offense, running the ball, punishing anyone that gets in the way.”
LaBuff said he feels good about himself and the team.
“I am feeling pretty good after coming back from a hamstring injury last year,” he said.
“Our defense is very talented. We have great athletes. We don’t have the biggest guys on the line, but we all work hard. We are a family and get the work done. I love this team, we come together and play hard every night.”
Wainwright said the two will leave a lasting impact on the program.
“Both those guys are unselfish and good leaders,” he said.
“They make it fun to be a high school coach. They will do anything you ask around school, they are always helping others and teaching the younger kids the things that have made them successful, That will help us in the future. They are just great people.”