HAVELOCK -- How can Havelock's state championship game-bound football team get better?
With the return of junior safety Anthony Harris.
The versatile two-way threat is set to return to the lineup Saturday in the NCHSAA 3A championship game at Duke University after sitting out the last two weeks recovering from an injury.
"I feel good, probably at about 90 percent," Harris said. "Being on the sidelines was tough but I just tried to be an extra coach and help my guys out however I could."
Harris and the Rams (14-1) meet Charlotte Catholic (15-0) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the final. He said there was no doubt he was playing.
"When Saturday comes, I'm just going to feel better because it's the state championship, gotta win it for the seniors," he said.
Harris has rushed for 4 touchdowns, thrown for 2 and caught 3 this season.
On defense, he's totaled 82 tackles and an interception.
He has racked up NCAA Divison-I scholarship offers this season, gathering 10 in all.
Havelock head coach Caleb King is obviously excited to have his starting safety back in the mix.
"Anthony is one of the best football players in North Carolina," King said. "Anytime you get a player of his caliber back, you feel good about the situation."
Harris was dressed to play last week against Western Alamance but King says they wanted him to be as close to 100 percent as possible before getting him back on the field.
"We held him out for that reason, to get him back to 100 percent or almost and he feels really good, has done well and it's a huge benefit for our team," King said.
Harris said he hopes he can be back to doing all the things he's done all year versus Charlotte Catholic Saturday.
As far as any rust goes, Harris said he has just been doing his same routines with warming up and hopes to pick up where he left off during the E.E. Smith game in the second round.
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