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CHS newcomer contributing
A starter on defense, Bulldog newcomer Zyier Harrison contributed on offense during Ceres Highs 41-35 win over Atwater on Sept. 23. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Courier

Washington transfer Zyier Harrison had a breakout game on offense during the Ceres High varsity football team's 41-35 homecoming win over visiting Atwater on Sept. 23.

Zyier carried the ball five times for 80 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs, versus the Falcons.

Harrison's production was minimal through the Bulldogs' first four games.

He totaled 21 yards and no TDS on eight attempts.

"I'm thankful I got this opportunity," Zyier said. "I just want to help my team. If they want me to play offense, I'll be happy to do that. I just try to make plays to get everybody pumped up."

"I don't think any of us are surprised," Bulldogs senior quarterback Chris Lubinsky said while talking about Harrison's recent performance. "As soon as he walked on campus, we saw how athletic and fast he was. He's a great player. He works hard. I'm glad he's on our team."

Zyier didn't lobby for extra playing time leading up to the Ceres High-Atwater game.

Offensive coordinator Brandon Moring opted to increase Harrison's workload.

"Coach Moring was telling me throughout the week he was going to use me more and I was going to get my first touchdown," Harrison said. "It was a great experience. I've been practicing hard all season so I was prepared."

"He's taken advantage of this opportunity and I'm happy for him," Lubinsky said. "The first couple of weeks he was still trying to adapt to our system."

Harrison starts at free safety on defense.

He ranks first on the team in tackles with 44.

Zyier collected a career-high 12 tackles against Atwater.

"I like both offense and defense equally," Harrison said. "But I've been helping out more on defense. I wasn't sure what my role was going to be heading into the season."

"His speed is next level," Lubinsky said. "He covers so much ground. It's really impressive to watch."

Harrison has been a welcome addition to Ceres High's roster.

Zyier played sparingly for Shorewood High School during his junior year.

Harrison moved to California after his father Faimous was appointed dean of the Stanislaus State Stockton Center.

"When I first moved here, I thought it would take a while to fit in," Harrison said. "One of my neighbors and teammates is Clayton Elness. He introduced me to everyone. I've made a lot of friends. It feels like I've known everyone my whole life."

"Zyier's a great teammate," Lubinsky said. "He's always in a good mood. He's a positive guy."

Harrison and the Bulldogs opened the 2016 season with three straight losses.

Ceres High (2-3) has won its last two games.

"The team has grown closer," Zyier said. "We're all brothers on and off the field."

Ceres High will begin the Western Athletic Conference portion of its schedule this week.

The Bulldogs will travel to Los Banos this Friday to face the Tigers (3-2).

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"We've been working harder and our momentum has been going upwards," Harrison said.