Spottsvilles making noise for Havelock
HAVELOCK | Their appearances aren’t comparable.
One is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman. The other is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound linebacker/wide receiver.
But when they step foot on the football field, the Spottsville brothers have the same drive and focus.
“Both of them are really good kids, good students and come from a good family,” said Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant. “They are extremely hard workers and are playing at a high level right now and playing important roles for us.”
Will and Welton Spottsville transferred to Havelock after their father, Will Spottsville, accepted a position at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Before that, they attended school at Brookwood High School near Atlanta.
Will Spottsville, a junior offensive lineman, was on the varsity and junior varsity squads at Brookwood. Welton Spottsville, a sophomore wide receiver/linebacker, only played on the freshman team.
Since the move, they are finding ways to contribute at Havelock where the Rams are 3-0 heading to Friday’s clash in Greenville at J.H. Rose.
“We are usually not on the field together, but on the sidelines we have conversations and show each other brotherly love,” Will Spottsville said. “Coming here brought us closer together.”
Welton Spottsville intercepted two passes to help Havelock beat New Hanover, 37-7, last Thursday.
“They were big. Those were game-changers. I have to be a game-changer,” Welton Spottsville said.
Will Spottsville said everything is different at Havelock, including the work ethic.
“Here, you have more running and conditioning and you have a lot of team spirit,” he said. “Me and my brother, we are two different people, but on this team, we are the same. They believe in us.”
The brothers came to a football program that has played for a state championship in four of the past five seasons, and have the determination and expectation to return.
Havelock last won a state title, its third in a row, in 2013. The Rams lost to Shelby Crest in the state finals in 2014 and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last season.
“You have to work harder toward it and I love doing that. This is my kind of team,” said Will Spottsville.
Playing on a team that demands excellence, Welton Spottsville said, come big responsibilities.
More is expects from each player.
“They expect everyone on the team to be good. As a starter, you have to put in constant work,” said Welton Spottsville, who also has six tackles and a fumble recovery. “It’s like a brotherhood over here. Back at our old school, it wasn’t really like that. We are working together as a team.”
While the brothers may not always be on the field at the same time, they encourage each other and talk football as much as possible, no matter if it’s on the sidelines or at home.
But the ultimate goal for them is to continue to improve, and possibly down the road, earn a college scholarship.
“Really, it’s all about the game. It’s all about executing, giving relentless effort and giving four to six seconds of hell,” said Will Spottsville. “I’m working to keep getting bigger and better to become the best lineman out there.”
Adam Thompson is the sports editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ