MOREHEAD CITY | Tony Sharpe bulldozed his way into the end zone on an 11-yard run late in the third quarter Friday night, seemingly sealing up a victory for the Havelock High School football team.
It was Sharpe’s fourth touchdown of the night in the Rams’ 64-26 blowout victory over the West Carteret Patriots in Morehead City.
“Tony’s awesome. He’s one of those kids that you wish you had 50 of," said Havelock assistant coach Matt Handley.
After the Rams were forced to punt on their opening drive, West Carteret struck immediately.
On its second play from scrimmage, wide out Luis Perez was in the right place at the right time, as a deflected ball from a Havelock defender fell into his arms.
Perez walked into the end zone untouched, and the Patriots were on the board first.
“We made some mistakes coverage-wise, but they are a really good offense," said Handley.
Then, the Sharpe show began.
Sharpe scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard carry, in which he broke numerous tackles.
Two possessions later, the Rams’ senior running back took a bubble screen from quarterback Corey Cooper from 14 yards out and found pay dirt.
After a fumble deep within their own territory, the Patriots conceded possession to Havelock. Sharpe wasted little time, scoring again, this time from 1-yard out. Havelock led 24-6 with 7:16 to go until halftime.
Isaiah Bailey provided West Carteret with a quick shot in the arm, taking the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the house, to close the deficit for his team, pulling the Patriots within 10 points.
A 55-yard touchdown pass from Cooper to star wide receiver Quinzel Lockhart on the first play of Havelock’s next drive quickly nullified any good feelings on the West Carteret sideline.
West Carteret made one final push at the end of the first half when Dashawn Jones caught a 67-yard touchdown pass in which he soared over top of a Havelock defender. Jones sprinted down the sideline for the score, and the Patriots trailed the Rams 32-20 at the half.
Havelock’s Cooper was intercepted on the opening drive of the second half, giving the Patriots excellent field position. Bubba Taylor reeled in an acrobatic catch in the front corner of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown, bringing West Carteret to within six points at 32-26.
Havelock responded with Sharpe’s final touchdown of the night, an 11 yard scamper. A turnover on downs, followed by a Cooper touchdown pass to Khalil Barrett seemingly put the nail in the coffin.
West Carteret didn’t score again, while Havelock’s backup running back Cameron Hutchinson had a little fun of his own, scoring touchdowns of one and four yards in the fourth quarter.
“Our offense played awesome tonight. Anytime you put up 60-something points is pretty good, we can’t complain about that,” said Handley.
The Rams (6-0) go on the road to face White Oak next Friday night.
Havelock 8 24 16 16 64
West Carteret 6 14 6 0 26