Harrison High panthers

Harrison High School football Coach Al Melo was named the 3A Football Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Under Melo’s leadership, the Panthers achieved an 11-1 season for 2018. The squad also posted its first playoff victory during the 2018 season, besting Holy Family and breaking its 0-7 playoff spread.

Melo said in a statement he is “very proud of our kids and our school. Football is a great game and a great metaphor for life.

“If these young men are great fathers and husbands in 10 years, that victory is much bigger than any game we will every play.”