Havelock cruises past Jones Senior


Havelock's Akenno Godette, left, pursues Jones Senior quarterback Glen White during the first quarter on Friday at Havelock High. Havelock won the contest 63-0.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 09:35 PM.

Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant didn’t like what he saw. He shouted at his running back. “You’ve got to cut that up inside!”

Bryant wasn’t about to let a 63-0 lead get in the way of an opportunity for a coaching moment with a young player.

Julian Cuthbertson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Havelock never looked back, beating the outmanned Jones Senior Trojans 63-0 Friday at Havelock High.

“We wanted to get some young kids some looks against varsity competition,” Bryant said. “Our future’s bright. We had a bunch of young guys out there playing the whole second half, and the majority of them are freshmen and sophomores. We brought up a bunch of guys from the junior varsity, and I thought they came in and did a good job.”

Two of those players, Tony Sharp and Cory Cooper, had touchdown runs in a second half that included a continuous running clock as the defending state 3A champs hosted the 1A Trojans in their home opener.

Cuthbertson’s 58-yard runback of the opening kick set the stage for a Rams team that scored on seven of eight first-half possessions, with halftime interrupting the final drive. By then, Havelock led 49-0.

“Jones Senior’s a good football team, but they’re 1A and they just don’t have any depth,” Bryant said. “When you’ve got 22 players and you have to play everybody both ways, but those kids never quit fighting the whole night. Coach (Greg) Hampton and Coach (John) Davis are two of my really good friends, and they do what they can. They don’t have a whole lot of players, but they will keep fighting and they should be commended for that.”

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