Havelock Middle rallies to beat Tucker Creek for Godette Trophy

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Havelock Middle’s Jomar Stewart makes a diving attempt to catch a pass against Tucker Creek Middle last week at Havelock High School. In the annual battle between the two Havelock middle schools for the Cary Godette Trophy, Havelock Middle rallied in the second half to defeat Tucker Creek 24-12.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

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Three inches. That was all that stood between Tucker Creek and the potential to go up two scores against Havelock Middle in the annual battle between the two Havelock schools for the Cary Godette Trophy.

When the referees stretched the first-down chains, the ball was three inches short of the stick, and Tucker Creek’s attempt at first-and-goal to start the third quarter ended. So did its momentum.

Havelock Middle took the ball and marched 93 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and eventually went on to beat the rival Mustangs 24-12 to reclaim the Godette Trophy on Oct. 30 at Havelock High School.

“We played defense,” Havelock Middle coach Phil Melton said. “We actually played four downs of defense. We played hard and strong, and when those guys play defense, they’re pretty impressive. Sometimes you’ve got to cattle-prod these guys a little bit and put a fire under their butts.

“Defense, I knew, would be the difference. If we could shut down their runner, not give up so many big chunks, we’d be alright.”

Tucker Creek had a 12-8 lead at halftime and got the ball first in the second half. The Mustangs faced fourth-and-5 from the Trojan 12-yard line. Cameron Hutchinson took a handoff and plowed up the middle, moving a pile of Havelock Middle defenders who eventually brought him down just three inches short of a first down.

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