Phoebus (Hampton, VA) rolled for most of the 2013 season, losing only its season opener to DeMatha by four and then in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs to King’s Fork by three. The Phantoms, who won 10 games last season by an average margin of 32.3 points, are looking to compete for a state championship in 2014. Leading the way is senior defensive lineman Harry Lewis, who has embraced a leadership role on head coach Jeremy Blunt’s squad.
“I improved [this offseason] as being a leader and doing as much as possible to help my team and help me become a better player and a better person. Getting better is my main focus right now. We focus on Team Me. That’s our motto at Phoebus,” said Lewis, who has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
“The team is looking good. We are becoming more of a family. It makes us better and lets us know we can count on one another.”
Coach Blunt and defensive line coach TJ Shields “always stayed on me and pushed me to my best abilities,” Lewis said. “They always tell me ‘this is your senior year.’ I know that my team is confident with me and trust me as their leader.”
According to Lewis, his latest height and weight is 6’2”, 270 pounds. This season he will primarily play defensive tackle, which is the position he very likely will play at Tech. Throughout his career at Phoebus, Lewis has seen significant action at defensive end.
“I worked on my technique and my hips and coming off the ball,” said Lewis, who added that he has also “worked on my physicality” this offseason.
Lewis spurned offers from Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and UVa, among others, when he pledged to the Hokies on April 26 of this year. The Phoebus standout has not wavered on his decision.
“I’m still solid on VT,” he said. “I love that school. It’s another home to me. Tech is like Phoebus – a family. They all count on each other and the brotherhood never stops even when they graduate.”
Plans to attend Virginia Tech games this fall are in the works, but Lewis’ primary focus right now is his senior season and helping the Phantoms to a state title. Phoebus opens up with Gloucester on August 28 before taking on traditional power Lake Taylor in what should be a tough road contest on September 5.