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Harbor Haught wreaks havoc in Williamstown’s semifinal win

Williamstown's Harbor Haught jogs off the field between plays during Friday's state semifinal game against Doddridge County. (Photo by Kerry Patrick)

WEST UNION — Harbor Haught’s timing is impeccable.

A handful of years had passed since Haught last competitive experience on the football.

However, the Williamstown junior decided to return to the sport while continuing his pursuits with the boys soccer team.

On Friday during Williamstown’s 43-0 win over Doddridge County in a Class A state semifinal football game at Cline Stansberry Stadium, coaches and teammates alike were glad Haught made the choice he did.

“Harbor has a high motor,” Williamstown coach Chris Beck said. “He only has one speed. He is going to make mistakes and he is going to look dumb as can be on some plays, but on others he makes plays.

“Harbor has been a blessing to our team. We are glad to have him.”

On the second play of the game against DCHS, Haught basically ripped the ball away opposing quarterback Jared Jones for one of three Bulldog turnovers. As a result of the takeaway deep in Bulldog territory, Williamstown needed just five plays to cover 12 yards for the first of six Yellowjacket first-half touchdowns.

Later in the first quarter with Williamstown leading 12-0, Haught again zeroed in on the DCHS quarterback and produced an 11-yard sack on third-and-short. DCHS was forced to punt, which netted a minus-5 yards. The Yellowjackets punched it in one play later from 7 yards out.

“Everybody on this team have been real supportive, helped me out — helped me learn the ropes,” Haught said. “I came out big, and I am really happy about it.”

As the cliche goes, there is no substitute for speed. And Haught displayed that ability throughout the first half as the Yellowjackets built a 40-0 lead.

According to coach Beck, Williamstown quarterback Maxwell Molessa is considered the fastest player on the team. But if Molessa is considered 1A, Haught might as well be 1B.

“Harbor is tremendous — he goes 120 percent every play,” Molessa said. “Having someone like that makes it easy keeping soemone on the defense. No on is sitting when he back there. With him out there, everybody wants to make a play. He makes everybody better.”

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