On Saturday, Oct. 31 it looked like the door had been slammed shut. Maybe something was blocking everyone’s view of Edinboro’s foot heading toward the light.

Clarion left Sox Harrison Stadium with a 30-17 win after Scots’ starting QB and Harlon Hill candidate Trevor Harris went down with a knee injury.

Two weeks and one day later it has been announced that the Edinboro University Fighting Scots (8-3) are the No. 5 seed in the Super Regional One bracket of the 209 NCAA Division II playoffs.

They will take on Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East opponent East Stroudsburg University (8-3) in East Stroudsburg on Saturday.

And Harris believes there is a good chance he will be on the field this coming weekend when the final postseason run of his career gets underway.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard in the long time,” Harris said. It’s great news.

“Absolutely,” said Harris on the possibility of being able to play Saturday. “I’ll have to do a lot of rehab. I am just three days off of surgery today (Sunday). I will find out more on Thursday when I go back and get the stitches removed. They will check my knee as compared to other knee. It needs to be at least 80 percent of what the other knee is, so I am not risking further injury.”

Harris is in the top five in five major passing categories in PSAC history. But that isn’t why he’s excited to move on.

Winning ballgames is what motivates the EUP signal-caller.

“We don’t come to Edinboro just to make the playoffs,” he said. “It’s our goal to move forward and keep pressing on.”

Because he had surgery at 3 p.m. Thursday, Harris made the call to head home to Ohio and keep his weight off the knee during the Scots’ 28-25 win at Millersville.

But that didn’t mean he wasn’t still living every down with his teammates.

“I stayed at home, and my mom took great care of me,” he said. “I was listening to the game on the radio, throwing pillows and footballs across the house. I felt like a five-year-old kid watching his favorite superhero on TV. I was definitely frustrated during the tough parts and very jubilant when things went right.”

For now Harris is back on campus doing the normal stuff. Sunday afternoon it was differential equations at the library.

Hopefully this Saturday it will be back to the field. From there, who knows what will happen.

“You can only win one game every week,” Harris said. “It will be tough. This is a formidable opponent. It will be very fun to see how we stack up.”

West Liberty (10-1) awaits the winner of the EUP-ESU contest in the second round, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 21.

T.J. Turrisi can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 276 or by e-mail at tjturrisi@meadvilletribune.com.

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