CLOSER LOOK: Notre Dame’s Niles Harrell

Take a closer look at Riverside Notre Dame senior quarterback Niles Harrell and you’ll see a player bursting to be set loose.

The 6-foot-3 signal caller, already a CIF-Southern Section champion, wants desperately to throw the ball down field, which he can do amply with his huge right arm. Sometimes it works to spectacular effect. Sometimes his choice to go deep isn’t quite right.

Problems start when his targeting if off, but it’s all part of the learning process for the budding college recruit.

We caught up with Harrell after he passed for four touchdowns (17 for 25 for 247 yards) as the Titans beat Riverside Hillcrest, 48-7, in a nonleague game on Friday, Sept. 2. What do you like best about the way the team is playing right now?
Niles Harrell: We’re really executing. We’re really clicking together. We’re getting into our groove (and) our offense is really coming together. How do you explain your on-field connection with Ian Zamudio (5 rec., 138 yards & three TDs)?
NH: Ian’s an awesome receiver. He shifts gears very well. He can juke like no one else. Our trust is built off of a lot of hard work together, and he trusts me just as much as I trust him. What sorts of things will you take from this win?
NH: We’re going to go back in the lab, see where we slipped. I had a couple of missed pulls (and) there was a couple of miscommunications with the offense. We’re going to get those mishaps fixed and we’re going to come right back to it rolling. How do you maintain the same level as last season?
NH: We’re shooting to not only maintain but do bigger and better things every season. Last season as last season. This season is a new legacy, new year, new team so I think we’re going to come out and leave our mark.

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