Banged-up Havelock tops Richlands in league opener

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM.

“That was a back-breaker,” Richlands coach Justin Snider said of Havelock’s score. “It was a blown coverage, and we kind of fell of sleep and didn’t do what we were supposed to do. It happens playing against someone of that caliber.”

Havelock’s Anthony Fisher then recovered a muffed kickoff, and Woods went into the end zone from 35 yards out, lifting the Rams to a 28-7 lead with 7:46 left in the second. But those would be Havelock’s last points of the night.

“We’ve got a lot to work on, but overall, we did good,” Woods said. “We just have to do our jobs. We’ve got to work better and work harder.”

Richlands (3-3, 0-1) got a 40-yard field goal from Tolson Jeffrey to narrow the gap to 28-10 at halftime, and in the third quarter, Jamar Harrington dominated on a seven-minute touchdown drive, scoring from three yards out to cut the margin to 28-16 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.

Harrington finished with 82 yards on 20 carries.

“I feel like we played really well,” Snider said. “They’re state champions for a reason. They have an excellent football team, and we’re trying to build a program in year one, and to play them to a 12-point game, I feel it’s an achievement.”

Havelock gained possession with just more than six minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter, and behind Woods and Matthew Boykin, ran out the clock for the victory.

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