HAVELOCK - Throwing for a school record and leading his team to a state championship game berth has earned Havelock's Zach Sabdo a spot in the East-West All-Star Game Wednesday night.
Sabdo, now graduated from Havelock High, threw for 4,281 yards in his senior season with 47 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
After not originally being on the roster for the East-West Game, Sabdo was added just this past week.
"I was hanging out with my girlfriend, going to the movies when my dad called and said that Coach King wanted to talk to me at the house. I said 'ok' and when I got there, he asked me if I'd like to play one more high school football game," Sabdo said.
"I said 'sure.'"
Sabdo follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Travis, who played in the Shrine Bowl his senior season.
He said making an all-star game of some sort was important so big brother didn't always have that on him.
"Yeah for sure, we compete so much so it will be nice to play in one, I'm looking forward to it," Sabdo said.
"I definitely want to win it, I mean as a competitor, I always want to win."
Sabdo joins another Havelock star from the other side of the ball in linebacker Solomon Beligotti as Craven County representatives in the annual game.
It will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Greensboro.
"Being good enough to be picked to be in an all-star game, I think it always comes with a lot of pride for these guys," Havelock head coach Caleb King said.
"Zach was just on the edge of making the team and then one of the quarterbacks had to back out of the game and that opened up his opportunity and I think he'll do well."
Sabdo will get accustomed to the "Gate City" as he will be playing college football at Guilford College.
"I've just been throwing with some of the guys, staying in shape and all since school got out," he said.
"Wednesday's game will be nice to just back in the feel of things and get some more preparation for college ball."
Sabdo and Beligotti will try to help the East secure a victory over the West as kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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