Franklin Central’s Jayon Harvey is a triple threat for the resurgent Flashes.
Through six games this season, the senior slotback on offense and safety on defense had amassed 26 catches for 480 yards and three TDs as a receiver, 271 yards and a TD rushing, and 32 tackles.
Harvey, who missed a lot of his sophomore season due to an injury, is among very few players that coach Jayson West has playing on both sides of the ball. The 5-11, 180-pound player began playing offense last year after returning punts.
According to West, “He (Harvey) never turns his motor off. He wants to play every play, and I want him to play every play that I can. He wants the ball and he wants to win.”
More of a defensive specialist, Harvey admitted, “Playing defense really helped me when I started running the ball and being in the slot. I kind of know what defensive backs don’t like to see and how they can be challenged.”
Of his move to offense, Harvey said, “The hardest part was mostly remembering my plays on offense. Recently teams have started to double team me with a safety over the top and a linebacker which opens things up for other receivers.”
What Harvey really enjoys are Friday night home games at a packed Ray Skillman Stadium.
“I like the adrenaline rush of playing football, spending time with my brothers on the field, and all the fans cheering for us,” Harvey admitted. “We know we have put in the work and we know we will be playing against some of the best 6A teams.”
This is the sixth season for the Flashes to be in the rugged Hoosier Crossroads Conference after leaving Conference Indiana as undefeated league champions.
FC is in the early stages of its final three HCC games against a trio of top 10-ranked 6A teams (Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, and Westfield). The Flashes have been able to defeat Hamilton Southeastern in 2018 and 2019.
Trailing 29-3, the Flashes scored 20 unanswered points in a late-game push Friday at Fishers but the comeback fell short by not converting on fourth down with 66 seconds left. Harvey scored the second TD on a 30-yard interception return in the fourth quarter at Fishers.
“We’ve been here (4-2) before,” Harvey recalled of his sophomore season. “Playing against the better 6A teams only makes us better.”
Harvey is a product of Christian Park, Decatur and Franklin Township youth ball. He has been in Franklin Township schools since fourth grade.
“He doesn’t know to take time off,” said coach West who revealed that Harvey could be found working out in the weight room before games.
Obviously, the more Harvey plays, the more the Flashes like it.