The University of Arkansas football program adds a 20th commitment to its 2011 class Sunday night…
A Second Chance
But that was before the 6-3, 230-pound linebacker got his injured labrum harnessed up and helped lead his team into this Saturday's state championship game.
"It was great news for me because I thought I was done and wasn't going to be able to help my team," Haman said. "But they came up with this harness that keeps my shoulder from going back too far or going over my head and that has allowed me to play. We are back in the state championship game and I've got to be a part of it."
Indeed just a week after he watched his future Razorback team put itself in line for a BCS bowl berth with a win over LSU, Haman and Scottsdale Saguaro (11-2) will play arch nemesis Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (13-0) for it all this Saturday.
The Sabercats will be trying to win their fourth Class 4A Division I title in five years.
Saguaro routed Queen Creek 42-13 while Canyon del Oro scored two touchdowns in the final 2:17 of the game to rally past Vail Cienega 28-24.
"I want my high school career to end by beating them in the state title game," said Haman, who has played in his team's last two games. "Being in the state championship game is where were are supposed and the ending is all set up for us to take care of things."
Haman, whose injury was initially diagnosed as a hairline fracture in his scapula and who will have surgery after the season, was one of several starters missing when the Dorados beat Saguaro 33-25 earlier this season.
In fact, Haman had played only one quarter this season after getting injured in the preseason and getting re-injured in his first game back.
"We had several guys out for that game like myself and our real good running back (Danny Clark)," Haman said. "It still came down to the final play. We better now than we were then."
Saguaro won three straight titles from 2006-2008, but did not make it to the championship game in 2009 when it fell in the semifinals.
They'll get a chance to gain revenge on Saturday against a team that ended its 37-game winning streak last season with a 44-0 blowout and currently has a streak of its own going.
"They have won 27 in a row," Haman said. "We want to end that."
Haman got to watch Arkansas' 31-23 win over LSU on television Saturday.
"I loved it," Haman said. "It is a great feeling to know that the program you are going to for the next four or five years is one of the best in the nation."
The Razorbacks appear to be in line for the Sugar Bowl – possibly against Ohio State – as long as Auburn beats South Carolina in the SEC Championship game next Saturday in Atlanta.
"I actually thought they had a chance to do that at the first of the season," Haman said. "Hopefully we can get the Sugar Bowl and go get a win and carry that momentum into next season when I get there."
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