New Bern versus Havelock is typically a game where both big and crazy plays occur.
The old sports adage of "throwing out the record books" applies as the teams often fight for every yard.
Friday night, Havelock brought the fight to the Bears early, building a 34-7 lead at the half.
New Bern strengthened later in the game, adding two more touchdowns and controlling possession, eventually falling to the Rams 48-19.
"First and foremost a lot of credit has to go to New Bern, they fought us really hard," Havelock coach Caleb King said. "I couldn't be more proud of my guys though. Winning the Craven County championship is something to hold your head high about. This is a football county with three great teams so it involves a lot of pride."
Rams' star Khalil Barrett had his second great game in as many weeks as he rushed for 112 yards with a touchdown and caught three passes for 41 yards and a score.
With the game at 13-7 in favor of Havelock and the Rams backed up to their own 1-yard line early in the second quarter, Barrett took a direct snap and got the edge and motored 99 yards to the end zone.
Also for the second time in as many weeks, Havelock's Anthony Harris picked up a first down on a fake punt.
Harris also scored two touchdowns on the ground.
Rams' quarterback Zach Sabdo threw for 171 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Welton Spottsville had an 83-yard touchdown catch from Sabdo and amassed 93 receiving yards on the night.
"We owe a tremendous amount of credit to our offensive line," King said. "Those guys played hard and great and cleared the way for us tonight."
For New Bern, the majority of its attack came on the ground, rushing for 220 yards as a team, led by Davon Knight's 99 yards.
Dontrayal Hill rushed for two touchdowns for the Bears.
"Our backs ran hard again tonight and our offensive line was more consistent," New Bern coach Bobby Curlings said. "We got better but we still are letting snowballs turn into avalanches and we have to be able to stop that. Our guys kept playing though, they didn't pay attention to the scoreboard."
Bears' quarterback Maleik Patrick threw for 56 yards and a touchdown and ran for 27.
Havelock (2-0) will host Wallace-Rose Hill next week while New Bern (0-2) travels to Vanceboro to tangle with the West Craven Eagles.
Havelock 13 21 14 0 - 48
New Bern 7 0 6 6 - 19
H - Khalil Barrett 17 pass from Zach Sabdo (Tyler Hundley kick)
NB - Daniel McKoy 9 pass from Maleik Patrick (Hunter Dombrowsky kick)
H - Anthony Harris 40 run (kick failed)
H - Barrett 99 run (2-point conversion failed)
H - Cameron Hutchinson 3 run (Welton Spottsville 2-point conversion run)
H - Harris 5 run (Hundley kick)
H - Welton Spottsville 83 pass from Sabdo (Hundley kick)
H - Hutchinson 18 pass from Sabdo (Hundley kick)
NB - Dontrayal Hill 9 run (kick failed)
NB - Hill 15 run (kick blocked)
First Downs 12 16
Rushes-Yards 24-278 58-220
Passing Yards 171 56
Comp-Att-Int 9-15-1 7-11-0
Penalties-Yards 12-96 12-100
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-1
Passing: Havelock - Zach Sabdo - 9-for-15 for 171 yards with 3 touchdowns, 1 interception. New Bern - Maleik Patrick - 7-for-11 for 56 yards with a touchdown.
Rushing: Havelock - Khalil Barrett 2 carries for 112 yards (TD), Cameron Hutchinson 16-106 (TD), Anthony Harris 3-66 (2 TD), Justin Hoover 1-2, Sabdo 1-(-2), Welton Spottsville 1-(-6). New Bern - Davon Knight 12-99, Kalen Lancaster 18-79, Dontrayal Hill 11-44 (2 TD), Patrick 13-27, Elijah Harris 1-4, Akira Herring 1-2, Team 2-(-35).
Receiving: Havelock - Welton Spottsville 3 catches for 93 yards (TD), Barrett 3-41 (TD), Christian Capps 2-19, Hutchinson 1-18 (TD). New Bern - Knight 3-26, Daniel McKoy 2-12 (TD), Hill 1-10, E. Harris 1-8.
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