Havelock's Caldwell makes only career pass catch a big one

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An emotional Harry Caldwell holds up two fingers in celebration of Havelock's second consecutive state championship during the closing seconds of Saturday's 55-21 victory over Concord in the 3A state title game on Saturday in Winston-Salem.

Ken Buday, Havelock News
Published: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 03:28 PM.

Havelock’s Harry Caldwell had never caught a touchdown pass. Heck, the defensive lineman had never even caught one pass in high school.

Yet, there the senior was, making his only career catch a touchdown in a crucial spot for the Rams in their 55-21 victory over Concord in the state championship game Saturday in Winston-Salem.

“It was amazing,” Caldwell said of the touchdown that drew Havelock within 21-20 of the Spiders at halftime. “That’s my first and only catch in high school. I had a feeling we might run that play, but I had no idea we would run it at such a crucial time.”

Havelock was reeling, down 21-14 with just 42 seconds left in the first half at its own 35-yard line. Quarterback Pharoh Cooper scrambled for 28 yards and 26 yards on consecutive plays and then spiked the ball to stop the clock with just seconds left and the Rams still 11 yards from the end zone.

Caldwell, a 6-foot, 210-pound noseguard, has played on the offensive side of the ball for the Rams this season, serving only as an extra blocking back with fellow defensive lineman Malcom Ashley on short-yardage situations. But this was no short-yardage situation.

Cooper faked a stretch running play to the right and rolled out to his left. Caldwell had slipped away from the defense unnoticed and was wide open in the left flat. Cooper lofted a soft pass that Caldwell grabbed and carried into the end zone, cutting Concord’s lead to 21-20 at halftime.

“I was just about to strangle Pharoh because I didn’t want him to throw the ball to Harry because Harry’s never caught a pass in a game,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “Harry said he did a lot of praying (Friday) night, and he caught that ball and got in the end zone.”



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