Mikal Harrison-Pilot and Taurean York seem to be a packaged deal. Close friends since meeting as fourth-grade students at Kennedy-Powell, they have spent a large amount of time together, including as successful teammates in various sports at Travis Science Academy.
Normally, the two talented Temple ninth-graders would be playing football together for the freshman team. But this has not been a normal season for the Wildcats because of their youth and inexperience on defense, so Harrison-Pilot and York aren’t playing in front of sparse crowds on Thursday nights.
In a striking departure from anything Temple head coach Scott Stewart had done in his career, he’s had two 14-year-old freshmen in the starting lineup every game this season: the rangy Harrison-Pilot at free safety and the sure-tackling York at middle linebacker.