By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
POND CREEK, Okla. —
Oh, and “Co-Moo.” That’s probably Harley Comeau’s favorite.
Not many road announcers -- and sometimes not even his own coach -- can get the junior and brilliantly-monikered Panther running back’s name just right, but it’s not because he hasn’t given reason to remember it.
Comeau (that’s Co-MOE, by the way) has 723 yards and 11 touchdowns on 91 carries, adding six catches for 74 yards and two more scores in his first season as a regular in the Panthers’ rotation.
Against Garber, Comeau showed just how quickly he can turn a zero-zero game into a blowout, scoring three touchdowns on three touches - a 25-yard run, a 27-yard run and a 31-yard pass from quarterback Josh Irvin, all in a span of two minutes, 10 seconds.
Before that, Comeau gave a preview in his final game as a sophomore. In the Class B State Championship against Laverne, Comeau opened the game with a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Panthers their only lead. Laverne would eventually romp to a 50-19 title win, but Comeau’s sprint was just a sign of things to come.
“He kind of stepped up,” said PC-Hunter coach David Kerr. “We knew he was capable of it. On this team, I don’t know if there are a lot better athletes than Harley, and we know it. So we knew he’d have his chances.”
More impressive is that Comeau, by all accounts a quiet, worker-bee type in the weight room and in the practice field, didn’t play a snap of organized football until he was a high school freshman. Now he’s a more than adequate changeup to the Panthers’ top running option, Trenton Grimes, who himself was promoted from Comeau’s current role to graduated star Brady Krittenbrink’s old one.
“He’s done great,” said Grimes, who has rushed for a career-high 1,118 yards and 17 scores. “Seriously, you couldn’t have asked him to do a better job than what he did. Not starting the first two years, then coming in and starting, he did an amazing job.”
Comeau totaled 62 yards in his first playoff game with his expanded responsibility, crossing the goal line once in the Panthers’ 38-0 win against Central Marlow. And he’s ready to keep making a name for himself in round two.
“It’s another step up, but it’s just another game,” Comeau said. “You’ve still got to go out and play it.”