Havelock forces six turnovers in 38-8 victory

New Bern gave it away and Havelock capitalized.

Havelock forced six turnovers, and scored on four of them, as it pulled away from New Bern 38-8 Friday evening at Havelock High.

“I feel like, defensively we are pretty good,” Havelock defensive lineman Destin Flloyd said. “Havelock has had a legacy of having a great defense. This defense, we can do real big things.”

Flloyd fell on a fumble and had two sacks to lead a Havelock defense that allowed New Bern just 112 total yards of offense, with just 25 on the ground.

Quinzel Lockhart, Flloyd, Tyiyon Johnson, Welton Spottsville and Kendall Frazier had fumble recoveries, and Soloman Beligotti picked off a pass.

“There was a lot of communication,” Flloyd said. “We were talking about having someone hit the ball and then someone would get the ball out of the ball-carrier’s hand.”

Havelock, which evened its series with New Bern at 23-23-1, sealed its victory with a 28-yard fumble return by Frazier early in the fourth quarter, moments after quarterback Corey Cooper’s 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Cooper passed for 80 yards and rushed for 41 yards, but completed a touchdown pass and rushed for another.

“Our quarterback put us in the right position by running the ball, and our running backs ran the ball hard and they made the blocks up front,” said Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant.

New Bern scored first when quarterback Dee Becton connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Daniel McKoy, and the Bears held an 8-0 edge after the first quarter.

Havelock responded with three touchdowns in the second quarter to open a 22-8 advantage by halftime.

Running back Tony Sharpe, who had 128 rushing yards on 17 carries, had touchdown runs of 26 and eight yards. Cooper tossed a 22-yard scoring strike to Kenyatta Frazier.

“We just have to play better. We did some good things at times but not enough, that’s for sure,” said New Bern interim coach Steve Lovett. “We have to protect the ball. We will get there. We are trying to find ourselves. We have to come up with a plan to protect the ball.”

Havelock racked up 334 yards of offense, with 254 on the ground behind Sharpe, Cooper, Cameron Hutchinson and Montrece Gatling.

“Anytime you beat a football team that’s as talented as New Bern, it means something,” Bryant said. “Craven County football is a great football county. New Bern High School has a great football team.

“We are happy to get a win against a great opponent in New Bern High School.”

Havelock (2-0) plays host to New Hanover on Friday. New Bern (0-2) plays its home opener against West Craven.

Boxscore

Havelock 38, New Bern 8

New Bern 8 0 0 0 – 8

Havelock 0 22 0 16 – 38

First quarter

NB – Daniel McKoy 27 pass from Dee Becton (Becton run), 5:45

Second quarter

H – Kenyatta Frazier 22 pass from Corey Cooper (Tony Sharpe run), 10:38

H – Sharpe 26 run (kick missed), 6:49

H – Sharpe 8 run (Cameron Hutchinson run), 2:19

Fourth quarter

H – Cooper 1 run (Montrece Gatling run), 11:42

H – Kendall Frazier 28 fumble return (Gatling run), 10:44

Team stats

NB H

First down 6 17

Rush-yards 38-25 44-254

Passing yards 87 80

Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-14-1 6-14-1

Totals yards 112 334

Punt-Ave. 6-30.1 4-26.8

Fumble-lost 6-5 2-1

Penalties-yards 10-70 11-100

Individual stats

Passing: New Bern: Dee Becton 5-8-1 79 TD, Malik Patrick 2-6-0 8; Havelock: Corey Cooper 6-14-1 80 TD.

Rushing: New Bern: Davon Knight 14-32, D.J. Howard 6-6, Becton 12-3, Jmari Hawkins 1 (-2), Patrick 5 (-14); Havelock: Tony Sharpe 17-128 2 TD, Cameron Hutchinson 9-44, Cooper 11-41 TD, Montrece Gatling 6-27, Kenyatta Frazier 1-14.