Havelock quarterback Sabdo has early success

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

“I think turnovers are a big lack of focus in the passing game,” Sabdo said. “Coach (Jim Bob) Bryant stresses it a lot in practice to not turn the ball over and to not take unnecessary shots down the field. He’s done a good job with me and taking care of the football.”

Of course, Sabdo understands he is not the sole reason behind Havelock’s 4-0 record. He is quick to credit a Ram defense that has surrendered just two offensive touchdowns.

“Our defense is playing absolutely great,” he said. “They are getting to the ball fast. We’ve got some great players on defense, and they are playing lights out. If they keep playing like that, we’re going to win a lot of games and hopefully get to where we want to go.”

As if guiding the top-ranked 3A team in the state isn’t enough, Sabdo does so under the close watch of his father, Bob Sabdo, an offensive line coach for the Rams.

“My dad coaching is a big thing for me,” he said. “He knows not to stress out on me a lot. He’s a good mentor for me, to talk to me before the games and make sure my head’s right. I’m glad Coach Bryant has him on staff, and hopefully he can keep giving me good advice for games to come.”

The first game to come is Havelock’s final non-conference contest against Northside at 7 p.m. Friday at Havelock.

“It’s a big game,” he said. “It’s our second game at home, and we’ve got to get better every week so we can peak at the right time.”

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