Sometimes all a team needs is a one-man wrecking crew.
Harold Lee was that man for the Auburn Trojans on Friday night, scoring on offense, defense and special teams in a 42-7 rout over the Tahoma Bears in a SPSL North showdown.
“When a kid is out there doing that, I don’t have any control over it,” Auburn coach Gordon Elliott said. “You just love seeing it. There is so many different ways he affected the game tonight and when you have a player like that, it’s fun to watch.”
Running out of the wingback and wide receiver slots on offense, Lee pounded his way to 163 yards from scrimmage and accumulated 333 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.
Lee, who also is a defensive back and kick returner, got the offense rolling for the Trojans (3-1, 3-1 league) on the seventh play of the game when he found a 45-yard opening on a fly sweep.
On defense, the senior was stout in the open field, making numerous tackles.
More importantly, however, was Lee’s playmaking ability in the secondary.
He had interception returns of 49 and 72 yards for touchdowns, and also broke up several passes, one of which saved a touchdown.
In the return game, Tahoma (2-2, 2-1) attempted to avoid Lee, often kicking the ball out of bounds or to one of the up backs.
But after Tahoma’s Patrick Ota scored on a 40-yard reception from A.C. Gasero in the third quarter, Lee meandered his way to an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 35-7.
Lee’s night finished with a 28-yard touchdown reception delivered by junior quarterback Brier Atkinson, giving the 5-foot-9 star four different methods of finding the end zone.
Still, Lee wanted more.
“I was looking for a few,” Lee said jokingly. “Especially that last one right before I got taken out, I was gambling for it at least. One more.”
Besides Lee’s star studded performance, Atkinson added 49-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter.”