HAVELOCK -- As if the Havelock football team didn't already have enough threats on offense, two more receivers have emerged in seniors Tyler Hundley and Christian Capps.
Hundley and Capps have been playing all season but have elevated their play recently, including both snagging drive-extending catches in the Rams' 41-14 victory over Western Alamance.
Capps had a juggling catch among the Warrior defense that kept a touchdown drive alive and Hundley had a first half grab in which he out-jumped several defenders to come down with the ball.
Their efforts helped the Rams (14-1) advance to Saturday's NCHSAA 3A championship game against Charlotte Catholic (15-0) at Duke University. Kickoff is 3 p.m.
With much of the defense's attention going toward Khalil Barrett, Cameron Hutchinson and Welton Spottsville, opportunities are expected to come up for Capps and Hundley and others to make big plays.
"I feel like that attention opens us up and we're pretty sure-handed guys so it just gives Zach (Sabdo) more options," Capps said.
Hundley backed up his teammates' words.
"I feel like lately Christian and I have helped take the pressure off those guys too," Hundley said.
Capps said that his juggling catch was just a matter of he knew he had to make a play.
"I thought Zach was going to go to Cam but he dumped it off my way and it got tipped and I was able to get enough of the ball to tip it to me to get two hands on it and usually if I get two hands on it, I come down with it," Capps said.
Hundley said with his it was his quarterback putting it in a good spot.
"Yeah, Zach just put it in a good spot and I was able to go up and get it," Hundley said.
Capps has had quite the football journey to this point.
He started out at West Craven as the JV quarterback and varsity backup before moving to Havelock where he now plays receiver and helps out on defense.
Hundley also plays on defense, spending time on the defensive line.
"Those guys have great hands and are extraordinarily athletic and they are team guys, they do everything we ask them to do without us asking them to do it," King said.
"Capps has had some unbelievable catches for us this year and so has Hundley. Zach (Sabdo) does a great job of seeing the field and taking what is there."
Both figure, and hope, to have some more big plays left in them for Saturday's state championship game.
Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at firstname.lastname@example.org