The Havelock Rams shut out their second straight playoff opponent, beating Jacksonville 46-0
There is something special about when everything comes together at just the right time.
That is happening right now for the Havelock Rams football team.
Havelock rode the effort of an impenetrable defense and huge rushing nights from Derrell Scott and Taylor Woods to shut out Jacksonville 46-0 in the second round of the state playoffs on Friday.
Through two playoff games, the Rams have outscored their opponents, 95-0.
“We wanted to shut them out. That was one of our goals coming into the game,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said.
“Derrell (Scott) ran the ball hard tonight. I wanted to get him at least 15 carries, and Taylor (Woods) ran the ball very hard also. It was a team effort and I think the game went as good as we wanted it to.”
The Rams got off to a slow start by their standards, leading 13-0 after one quarter, but turned up the heat to balloon the advantage to 32-0 at the half.
After a 28-yard score from Scott and a defensive stop, Jacksonville punted to the Rams.
Pharoh Cooper caught the ball out of the air and ran to the right, looking for room, only to find a crowd of Cardinal defenders.
Seemingly stuffed and dead in the water, Cooper broke two tackles, emerged from the swarm and darted back to the left side of the field and left sideline where his cavalry of blockers were waiting.
Once a seam was found, Cooper was gone 82 yards for the score.
Scott added touchdown runs of 28, 60 and 8 yards, while tallying 142 yards on 14 carries to go along with a 54-yard touchdown catch from Cooper.
Woods racked up 133 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored on an 84-yard streak down the right sideline.
“I just give the credit to my line, they blocked great for me tonight and the receivers held their perimeter blocks as well,” Woods said.
“I think my speed increasing this year from last year is where I have improved as a runner the most. I was running a 4.6/40 last year and this year I’m at a 4.45 and it helps me big time getting to the outside and outrunning the defense.”
Cooper added a five-yard rushing score to go with his highlight-reel punt return. He threw for 127 yards and rushed for 39 on four carries.
The Rams will host another Coastal 3-A Conference foe on Friday when the Washington Pam Pack come calling to Rams Stadium.
“Washington is a really good team. We were able to beat them 34-7 in the regular season and they did a good job running the clock and keeping our offense off the field, but we’ll get to practice this week and prepare for them,” Bryant said.
Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 — 0
Havelock 13 19 7 7 — 46
H — Derrell Scott 28 run (Baker kick)
H — Pharoh Cooper 82 punt return (kick blocked)
H — Scott 60 run (2-point conversion failed)
H — Scott 54 pass from Cooper (Baker kick)
H — Scott 7 run (kick failed)
H — Cooper 5 run (Baker kick)
H — Taylor Woods 84 run (Baker kick)
First Downs 6 12
Rushes-Yards 28-44 35-325
Passing Yards 24 188
Comp-Att-Int 6-23-1 14-21-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 15-155
Punts-Avg. 9-29.0 2-33.0
Individual Statistics: Jacksonville: Passing – Vincent Siders 5-11-0 14 yards, Ryan Thompson 1-12-1 10 yards. Rushing – Jermaine Linton 12-37, Sean Farrow 1-14, V. Siders 11-2, T. Siders 2-(-2), Thompson 2-(-7). Receiving – Linton 2-4, Jerome Graham 1-6, Clark 2-4, John Kellum 1-10.
Havelock: Passing – Pharoh Cooper 11-16-1 127 yards, Travis Sabdo 3-5-0 61 yards. Rushing – Derrell Scott 14-142, Taylor Woods 11-133, Cooper 4-39, London Duvall 2-12, Sabdo 4-(-1) . Receiving – Scott 2-59, Shondel Granison 1-37, Aron Rossi 3-32,, Dallas Frazier 3-24, Michael Bowman 2-19, C.J. Lindsey 1-14, Woods 1-9.