HAVELOCK - Havelock gave a strenuous effort to climb out of the hole the Rams dug themselves into Friday night against Wallace-Rose Hill - but it was five points too deep.
After trailing 19-7 at halftime, Havelock exited the locker room after roughly an hour lightning delay, with newfound ferocity.
After the Bulldogs started their second half the same way they did the first with a 50-plus yard Javonte Williams touchdown run, Havelock reeled off 14 unanswered points to make it 26-21.
It would stay that score as neither team found the end zone in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs rode back to Teachey with the 26-21 road win.
"We pride ourselves on physicality and I told our kids we had to be to win this game tonight," Wallace-Rose Hill coach Kevin Motsinger said. "Havelock has a great football team and what a battle it was. We wanted them to have to work for everything and limit their big plays and for the most part we did that."
Havelock had two prime chances to take the lead in the fourth but the Bulldog defense stood strong.
Wallace-Rose Hill forced a turnover on downs with Havelock having the ball at the 9-yard line and then again near the end of the game when Havelock was at the 25.
"I didn't do a good job having the team prepared tonight, it's completely on me," Havelock coach Caleb King said. "You gotta give a lot of credit to Wallace-Rose Hill and coach Motsinger. Javonte Williams is an unbelievable football player and they did a great job tonight. We can't let this one game define us and it won't."
Williams carried most of the offensive load for the Bulldogs with more than 130 yards rushing and two scores.
Bulldogs' quarterback Michael Basden threw two touchdown passes as well.
The first half was a bit puzzling and a lot frustrating for the Rams and King.
Havelock missed multiple tackles, committed nine first half penalties and shanked a 1-yard punt. Most of the flags were drive-killers for the Rams, including three intentional grounding calls.
"We just need to a better job play-calling and executing. We have to find a way to get better," King said.
Havelock quarterback Zach Sabdo threw for more than 100 yards on the night with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hoover and an interception.
Khalil Barrett and Anthony Harris each had a rushing score for the Rams.
Havelock (2-1) plays host to J.H. Rose next week while Wallace-Rose Hill (3-0) plays host to Northside-Jacksonville.
Wallace-Rose Hill 7 12 7 0 - 26
Havelock 7 0 14 0 - 21
WRH - Javonte Williams 72 run (PAT good)
H - Justin Hoover 30 pass from Zach Sabdo (Christian Hoomana kick)
WRH - Kameron Donaldson 30 pass from Michael Basden (2-point conversion failed)
WRH - Desmond Newkirk 6 pass from Basden (2-point conversion failed)
WRH - Javonte Williams 53 run (PAT good)
H - Anthony Harris 3 run (kick failed)
H - Khalil Barrett 1 run (Anthony Harris 2-point conversion run)
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