Harrison Gause
Harrison Gause
Graduation Year: Class of 1964
Induction Year: 1994

Harrison became the first Somerville High School back to gain 1,000 yards when he ran for 1,112 in the fall of 1963 for the Pioneers, who went 6-2-1 that season, winning the Somerset County League title with a 4-0 record.

Gause was also Central Jersey’s leading scorer that season with 15 touchdowns and 11 conversions for 101 points. He scored 20 points against North Plainfield, 19 against Bridgewater-Raritan and swept into the scoring lead with 30 points in his final two games against Franklin and Bound Brook.

Gause scored 14 times on runs from scrimmage, five runs covering more than 40 yards. His longest run was 64 yards against Bridgewater-Raritan and he also scored on an 84-yard pass interception against East Brunswick.

His post-season honors included making first team All-State All Groups by Newark Star Ledger. In the spring of 1964 he was honored as the Somerville Lions Club “Athlete of the Year”.

Harrison also won the Somerset County long jump title as a sophomore and ran on Pioneer relay teams. He went on to play freshman football at Arizona State where he was a teammate of future baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. Harrison graduated from West Virginia State.

He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Thyrel, and his sons, Lance and Kyle.