, Port Arthur, Texas


May 23, 2014

Father-son combination special at Memorial

PORT ARTHUR — High school coaches spend a lot of time away from home. Countless hours find the coaches up at the school watching film and practicing with players.

This is why the next few years will be special for Port Arthur Memorial coach Kenny Harrison.

Harrison this year will enjoy having his son, Kadon Harrison, on his Titans team. Kadon on Friday took first-team snaps at Memorial’s spring game.

Make no mistakes about it, Kenny loved every minute of it.

“I embrace it,” Kenny said. “I have looked forward to this for many years. It is a lifetime dream to coach my son. It is extremely exciting.”

A lot can go into a coach playing his own child. Fans can sometimes turn on the idea, especially if the coach’s son struggles.

“I can’t worry about that and will not worry about that,” Kenny said. “All I know is if Kadon is winning football games, he is the guy.”

Kadon did his best Friday night against Memorial’s first-team defense led by CJ Levine and Morgan Ford. The secondary pitched a shutout.

“Kadon did a good job,” Kenny said. “The offense moved the ball and there were a few completed passes.”

There were also two missing pieces to the first team offense worth noting, running backs Corey Dauphine and Kameron Martin both watched the game from the sidelines. The duo did not have enough practice time after competing in track to warrant stepping on the field.

Still Kadon looks forward to the chance to show is father he has made the right choice.

“It’s a great feeling,” Kadon said of playing for his dad. “He can be tough on me but I have to work through that. It is awesome because not everyone has the chance to play for their father. I never want to let him and the rest of my family down. Tonight was a great experience. I am ready for the season but know there is still a lot of work to be done before the first real game.”

One can imagine a lot of football is talked between the coach and quarterback in the Harrison household.

“We talk quite a bit of football at home,” Kenny said. “It is special. We watch some film and there are times where he rides with me. Those are special trips.  I try not to be any harder on him. I let our quarterbacks coach (Cornelius Harmon) work with him the most. I try to stay in the background.

Kenny might be in the background but one can bet any time Kadon touches the ball, a smile goes across the coach’s face.


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