Rams beat New Hanover 37-7

Havelock’s Welton Spottsville called it “relentless effort.” His coach called it “big.”

Spottsville’s two second-quarter interceptions set the stage for two Havelock touchdowns as the Rams pulled away for a 37-7 victory over New Hanover Thursday at Havelock High.

“Coach puts people in to make plays out on the field, and I just happened to be one of the guys to make the plays,” Spottsville said. “Thanks to the line for causing the pressure, that’s the only way I could have done that, being in the right place at the right time.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Spottsville picked off quarterback Francis Meehan at the New Hanover 24-yard line, and Tony Sharpe converted it to a 4-yard touchdown for a 7-0 Havelock lead at the start of the period.

On New Hanover’s next series, Spottsville again intercepted a pass by Meehan, and this time Havelock quarterback Corey Cooper scored on fourth down from a yard out, as Havelock took a 15-0 lead with 7:40 left in the first half.

“That was big,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said of Spottsville’s interceptions. “Our defense has been creating turnovers, and when our defense creates turnovers, it’s the offense’s job to capitalize off those turnovers and get points.”

The Wildcats (1-2) got back in the contest on Keegan Santos’ 7-yard touchdown, cutting the margin to 15-7 with 1:40 left in the first half, but with the faint flashes of lightning in the sky, Havelock (3-0) drove the field and got Cooper’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Kenyatta Frazier with 5 seconds on the clock to lead 21-7 at halftime.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” New Hanover coach Earl Smith said. “We’re young on the offensive line and young at quarterback.”

The Rams controlled the second half, getting Cooper’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Christian Capps and Cooper’s 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

What impressed Bryant the most about the contest was that two Havelock offensive linemen, Patrick Pasquale and Will Godette, both went out with injuries, but Jacob Parker and Will Spottsville came in and teamed with Gabrean Gaynor, Howie Baldree and Avery Jones to keep the offense going.

“Jacob Parker, a senior sitting here for four years waiting to get his shot, he made the best of it. He did a great job,” Bryant said. “Will Spottsville came in and did a great job, and with the other three linemen, our offensive line came to play tonight. They did a great job.”

Along with Welton Spottsville’s two interceptions, Quinzel Lockhart also had an interception for the Rams. In three games, the Havelock defense has forced 11 turnovers while allowing just 15 points.

“I was proud the way these guys stepped up when they went through some adversity, getting a couple of starters injured,” Bryant said. “We had a couple of guys step in and made plays when we had to make plays.

“I’m as proud of these guys right now – against a good New Hanover team – that I’ve been of any team since the state championship. We’ve not arrived yet, but we made big strides tonight in a positive direction.”

The Rams are next scheduled to play Sept. 9 at Greenville Rose.

Scoring Summary

NH 0 7 0 0 -7

HHS 0 21 16 0 -37

Second Quarter

H – Tony Sharpe, 4-yard run, Christian Hoomanna kick, 10:40

H – Corey Cooper, 1-yard run, Sharpe 2-point run, 7:40

NH – Keegan Santos, 7-yard run, Westley Gaines kick, 1:40

H – Kenyatta Frazier, 8-yard pass from Cooper, kick failed, :05

Third Quarter

H – Christian Capps, 13-yard pass from Cooper, Cooper 2-point run, 6:24

H – Cooper, 5-yard run, Sharpe, 2-point run, 2:32