Much of what makes Barnwell's run game so strong is its balance. The Warhorses are deep in the backfield, their runners possessing complementary skills, and they have a powerful offensive line clearing the way.
In Week Four, home-run threat Brandon Harvey helped guide Barnwell to its fifth consecutive win, rushing for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 34-14 win over Swansea.
Harvey credited his blockers up front, pointing out that they played well "like always". His touchdowns occurred during the Warhorses' 34-0 run to answer the Tigers' game-opening score.
"I mean, it was basically like a little slow drip. When we figured out everything, everything started to click and everything started falling in place," he said. "It was just one of those games; they score first, and you've just got to come back and do your thing. That's all it was."
Harvey's first touchdown came early in the second quarter, a 2-yarder to cut Barnwell's deficit to 7-6. On that play, he ran into a logjam of blockers and tacklers before bulling his way through the middle.
He added two more in the third, an 8-yarder to make it 21-7 and a 74-yard sprint on a counter play just before the fourth to put the game well out of reach. The junior went untouched on the latter, following his pulling linemen and accelerating past the Swansea secondary.
"See, I like to run behind my linemen," he said. "If I'm not behind my linemen, I just go full speed; I just try to burst out. So on (the 74-yarder) ... I saw my linemen, and I saw open field. I just ran.
"That was it after that," he laughed. "I just kept running for the end zone."
Harvey's been a hard man to catch throughout the undefeated Warhorses' first five games. He's rushed for 613 yards on 68 carries, gone over 100 yards in a game four times and scored nine touchdowns.
As far as those complementary skills go, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound Harvey considers his best strengths as a runner to be his speed and vision. That's a nice balance with the punishing rushing style of senior Mykal Lee, and the two are on pace to combine for 2,200 yards in the regular season.
Barnwell has been ranked as high as No. 2 in Class AA in the state media poll, and the Warhorses don't show many signs of slowing down. They're currently averaging more than 306 rushing yards per game heading into Region 5-AA play. And Harvey, who's among the state's leading rushers, is a key piece to their state championship dreams.