Harris-led Texas rallies past Louisiana in Bayou Bowl

BAYTOWN, Texas — Everything was going to plan for the Louisiana All-Stars.

Louisiana had an eight-point lead in the third quarter and momentum on its side in the Bayou Bowl. That is when Dulles High School quarterback Robert Harris rode to the rescue.

After watching Ricky Fisk lead the Texas All-Stars to just six points in over two quarters, Harris used fresh legs to take advantage of a tired Louisiana defense to engineer back-to-back third-quarter touchdown drives on the way to leading Texas to a 22-14 win Saturday for its sixth victory in the 11-game series.

“He’s a good athlete. He made a couple of guys miss,” said Louisiana coach Brett Lemoine. “The defense played great in the first half, but we just left them on the field far too long. We played hard, they made some plays, we made some plays, and we just played hard.”

In limited time, Harris led scoring drives of 82 and 36 yards to give Texas the boost it needed.

Harris was the hero for Texas after falling behind 14-6 early in the third quarter.

“(Robert’s) a great kid on video and a great kid live,” Texas coach Don Clayton said. “The plan was to get a quarterback in a rhythm, and when Robert came in, he was ready to capitalize (on) what they were doing to us.”

After Harris’ heroics, Louisiana looked to have one last chance after forcing a punt with three minutes to go, but Joseph Este coughed up the punt to seal Louisiana’s fate.

Louisiana took control of the game once it snapped out of a rusty start. Led by quarterback Jay Christophe of Brusly, who threw for 101 yards and ran for 45 with two touchdowns, Louisiana rebounded from an early three-point deficit.

“Nothing against Texas Southern, but I want to know why (Christophe) just going to Texas Southern,” Lemoine said. “Somebody’s missing the boat, because he can play a lot more places than that.”

In the end, it was a hard-fought loss for the Louisiana team.

“We played hard. That’s what we asked the kids to do, and that’s what we did,” Lemoine said. “We know when we come here we’re going to have to be better than them.”