Harris, Beltram break all-time Antioch High football records on the same night

Najee Harris. photo by Mori Su'esu'e

Najee Harris. photo by Mori Su’esu’e

By Luke Johnson

Last Friday in a home game versus Rancho Cotate High School, Antioch High School running back Najee Harris broke the all-time school touchdown record, while linebacker Kobie Beltram surpassed the all-time school tackle record in a 54-14 victory.

Both have been playing on the varsity squad since they were freshmen, and only four games into his junior season, Harris already possess the school’s all-time rushing record (3,391 yards), season rushing record (2,263 yards), single-game rushing record (396 yards) and after two scores on Friday he now holds the all-time touchdown record with 34, passing Brian Boccio’s record of 32 set in 1992.

Harris did not want to shine the light on himself after eclipsing Boccio’s record; he was more excited for Beltram, who broke his brother Markie’s record set in 2012.

What Kobie did, I think that’s pretty magical. I’m happy that he has come this far,” Harris said. “But about me, I don’t really care.”

Kobie only needed one more tackle to tie Markie’s record heading into the game against Rancho Cotate, and finished with five before sitting out the second half due to a 46-0 lead. He now has 256 career tackles in the midst of his senior season.

Kobie Beltram. photo by Brett Dudley

Kobie Beltram. photo by Brett Dudley

According to the Beltram household, breaking the all-time tackle record is family tradition. The eldest brother Richie, who graduated from AHS in 2002, is believed to have originally possessed the record.

I feel bad I had to take it from my brother,” said Kobie. “But he’s the one who held it, and I’m the one who had to take it.”

Tonight, Antioch travels to Pinole Valley in an attempt to finish 5-0 in its pre-league schedule. Harris visits his old home during his middle school and youth football days. He has two brothers who played for Pinole Valley’s football team, and a sister who is also an alum. Harris said he will know most of the team’s players, but does not plan on bonding with them until after the game.

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