Top-ranked Rams win 30-25 in Greenville

Havelock receiver Quinzel Lockhart didn’t think about the significance of what he did against Greenville Rose Friday night. The senior wide receiver scored on back-to-back offensive plays in the second quarter, providing the Rams the necessary cushion to hold off the Rampants 30-25 Friday in Greenville.

“I didn’t realize it,” he said of his 70-yard and 33-yard touchdown catches that gave the Rams a 30-18 lead. “I got the ball and I was just trying to do my best with it. Whenever coach told me he needed me, I was there for him.”

The top-ranked Rams (4-0) didn’t score in the second half, but got enough plays out of their defense to preserve the victory, including Dominick Madden’s interception in the end zone with 6:57 left that kept the Rampants (1-2) from scoring the potential go-ahead touchdown.

On Rose’s last drive of the game, Destin Flloyd and Christopher Mazique teamed to sack Rose backup quarterback Grant Humphreys with 38 seconds left on the Rose 23-yard line, and the sophomore’s next two passes fell incomplete on third and fourth downs.

It marked the second straight time Havelock got a narrow victory over Rose. Last season, the Rams stopped a 2-point conversion try in the final seconds to get a 49-48 victory.

“Rose is a really good football team,” Bryant said. “Our offense had their number in the first half, and we went up and down the field and scored a couple of quick touchdowns right before the half, and thank God we did because we had starting offensive linemen go down in the second half, and our starting running back go down, and a couple of defensive players. Rose is a great football team, but we’re a pretty good football team, too.”

The contest was tight throughout. Havelock jumped on top 8-0 on quarterback Corey Cooper’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Barrett and Tony Sharpe’s 2-point run, but Rose answered with Ryan Goodwin’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Edwards for an 8-6 contest after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Goodwin threw 52 yards to Tarrel Hines for a touchdown, but Sharpe’s 55-yard run set up Montrece Gatling’s 2-yard score, and Sharpe’s 2-point conversion put the Rams back on top 16-12 with 8:14 left in the second period.

Goodwin threw his third touchdown pass of the first half, this one an 80-yarder to Hines, lifting Rose to an 18-16 lead with 3:59 left, but that was when the game turned.

Lockhart went deep on a 70-yard touchdown catch from Cooper, and after Deshaun Bryant recovered a Rose fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Cooper again found Lockhart, who ducked under two defenders after the catching the ball and scored from 33 yards out for a Havelock 30-18 halftime lead.

Lockhart said the move he made to score his second touchdown was one he saw while watching highlights of college players on the Internet.

“In my head, I just saw it, so I did it,” he said of how he made two defenders miss.

The game was not without controversy. In the third quarter, a late hit out of bounds knocked Goodwin out of the game with a possible concussion along the Rose sidelines, and during the ensuing scuffle, Havelock coaches said a Rose assistant coach shoved one of Havelock’s players. Heated words were exchanged among the coaches as the teams shook hands after the contest.

Bryant said he was defending his players and said that no coach should ever put his hands on a player in anger. Greenville Rose coach David Wojtecki said he was unsure exactly what happened during the scuffle on the sidelines, but that he would look at film of the incident to see what happened.

The late hit forced sophomore backup Humphreys into the game, and though he threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Edwards with 5:17 left in the third quarter, he couldn’t help get the Rampants into the end zone for the go-ahead score.

“Offensively, I thought we had our opportunities,” said Wojtecki, whose team also botched a fourth-quarter field goal attempt. “Obviously we didn’t make some reads on some plays that we probably should have, but I can’t be angry. The effort was amazing. We never have any quit in these kids.

“I thought we did a great job on their run game. Their run game is usually pretty stout, and we did a pretty good job on it. We got burned on a couple of deep balls, just some silly mistakes, but I thought our defense played great.”

Havelock is next scheduled to play at Northside next week.

Scoring Summary

Rose 6 12 7 0 -25

HHS 8 22 0 0 -30

First Quarter

H – Khalil Barrett, 30-yard pass from Corey Cooper, Sharpe run, 5:27

R – Caleb Edwards, 32-yard pass from Ryan Goodwin, kick failed, 1:59

Second Quarter

R – Tarrel Hines, 52-yard pass from Goodwin, pass failed, 9:21

H – Montrece Gatling, 2-yard run, Sharpe run, 8:14

R – Hines, 80-yard pass from Goodwin, kick failed, 3:59

H – Quinzel Lockhart, 70-yard pass from Cooper, run failed, 2:53

H – Lockhart, 33-yard pass from Cooper, Sharpe run, 2:38

Third Quarter

R – Edwards, 25-yard pass from Grant Humphreys, Roman Galaska kick, 5:17