One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Havelock Rams prior to the season has turned into one of its most lethal weapons – the right arm of junior quarterback Travis Sabdo.
After losing Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP and 3A state championship game MVP Pharoh Cooper to graduation, many had no clue what to expect from Sabdo in 2013. Yet, all he has done is lead the Rams right back to where they were this time a year ago.
Sabdo has passed for 2,467 yards and has tallied 36 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and he’s excelled in the playoffs. During the Rams’ playoff run, Sabdo is 40-for-48 for 768 yards and 12 touchdowns, with no interceptions. That’s a completion percentage of 83 percent.
“We’re not a one-man team in any way,” Sabdo said after helping lead Havelock to a 44-20 victory over Eastern Wayne in the eastern regional title game. “We all want that one common goal of a third-straight state championship.”
Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant, a former quarterback himself at Guilford College, says he is proud of and impressed by Sabdo.
“Travis has done what we asked him to do all year, which is take care of the ball,” Bryant said. “He wins. He has never lost a game of high school football, JV or varsity, in three years.”
If Sabdo’s right arm is the gun, then he has an arsenal of bullets that would make Rambo jealous.
Wide receivers Micheal Bowman (50 catches for 939 yards and 11 TDs), Kyran Bowman (22 grabs for 514 yards and eight scores) and Matthew Boykin (37 catches for 628 yards and 13 TDs) are his three favorite targets.
Throw in senior running backs Derrell Scott (1,939 rushing yards and 22 TDs) and Taylor Woods (1,002 yards with 14 scores) and the Ram offense is one that seems impossible to defend.
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.