HAVELOCK | Havelock’s defense had its way in its last game.
The Rams forced six turnovers and limited Swansboro to just 50 yards of offense.
Havelock (9-1, 4-1 Coastal 3-A) will try to contain Jacksonville in its regular-season finale on Friday at Havelock High. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“If we create six turnovers on Friday night, I can almost guarantee you that we will come away with a ‘W,’” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said.
Havelock walloped Swansboro, 74-3, last Friday, and will try to keep that momentum going on Senior Night.
The Rams will honor 16 seniors ahead of the game, including quarterback Corey Cooper, defensive back Montrece Gatling, defensive lineman Destin Flloyd, wide receiver Quinzel Lockhart and defensive back Jeffrey Harris, among others that have contributed in a 35-4 record over the past three seasons.
“We have five or six that are going to play college football somewhere next year, three for sure. These seniors have been a good class,” Bryant said.
Jacksonville (7-3, 3-2) will try to ruin that party, led by quarterback Jaicari Boone who rushed for 131 yards on nine carries with a touchdown in its 39-29 loss at West Craven last week.
Rashaud Whittington and Kijeir Finister combined for more than 200 rushing yards as the Cardinals gained 334 yards on the ground.
“They rival us in the fact that they have two or three guys on offense that can score anytime they touch the ball,” Bryant said. “Defensively, they are based out of a 3-4 and run some 4-2-5 as well and they fly around.
“It should be a really good game to coach and play in.”
Havelock scored eight rushing touchdowns last week, including three from junior Justin Hoover, who stepped in for a hurt Cameron Hutchinson.
Gatling and Solomon Beligotti both had two rushing touchdowns, while Cooper added a rushing score and two passing touchdowns.
“We have three good running backs in Cameron (Hutchinson), Montrece (Gatling) and Solomon (Beligotti), and then we add Justin Hoover, who is just as good as a runner as anyone we have on the team,” Bryant said.
“To see him succeed was great for him and great for our team.”