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Havelock's Anthony Harris, left, runs the ball during a game against J.H. Rose on Sept. 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Nathan Summers
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The early-season high school football showdown between unbeaten J.H. Rose and visiting Havelock was as advertised at halftime last Friday night, with the Rams battling into a slim 21-17 lead at halftime.

The host Rampants, however, could only watch, and chase, in the second half as Havelock poured on four unanswered touchdowns in an eventual 49-24 win. The difference was obvious to anyone in attendance, who would have had trouble missing quarterback Anthony Harris and wide receiver Welton Spottsville rampaging full throttle across the open field for game-changing, big-play touchdowns.

As Havelock rolled to 4-0 on the season with no signs of letting up, Rams head coach Caleb King certainly did not undersell the impact of Harris, also a safety who is committed to Tennessee, and Spottsville, a UNC commit who had Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora watching him in person the day before playing East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“Anthony Harris is the best player in the state of North Carolina, there’s no doubt about it,” King said of the player ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the state by recruiting service 247 Sports. “What he’s able to do ... he had an 86-yard touchdown right there called back (on a holding penalty). He fights through adversity and then comes in and plays defense great.

“If Anthony’s No. 1, Welton’s No. 2,” King said of his top receiver, who is ranked as the 49th overall state prospect. “Welton does an unbelievable job for us each and every week.”

Harris, who was part of a rush attack that produced more that 500 yards, broke free for 77 of those on his way to the end zone in the third quarter to start the decisive scoring spree. He zipped a pass to Spottsville on the left side later in the third, and the receiver charged 18 yards to the end zone to make it 35-17.

Early in the fourth, Spottsville took a ball in the backfield and was off to the races again, going 85 yards for another score before Harris capped the win with a 12-yard scoot.

Harris put the Rams on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 35-yard keeper in which he left multiple defenders in the dust. The dynamic duo struck again to put Havelock in the lead when Harris fired a pass over the middle to Spottsville for a 31-yard scoring strike.

Harris pointed to refocusing at halftime as the key to opening up the game in the third quarter.

“We had a bad start. Before the second half, we had a talk in the locker room and said this is how we start off,” said Harris who, remarkably, is playing quarterback for the first time this season. “We’re not a second-half team, we’re a full-game team. When we come together, we cannot be stopped.”

Contact Nathan Summers at nsummers@reflector.com, 252-329-9595 and follow @NateSumm99 on Twitter.

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