Havelock Middle rallies to beat Tucker Creek for Godette Trophy

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

Tucker Creek converted on fourth-and-1 and got Jason Wilson’s 9-yard touchdown run to draw within 8-6. Solomon Beligotti then ran 50 yards for a touchdown on fourth down, putting the Mustangs ahead 12-8.

Connor Kinear recovered a fumble to stop another Trojans drive, but eventually, Tucker Creek lost both Wilson and Beligotti to injuries during the game.

“We had kids playing in positions they hadn’t played all year,” Sloan said.

Melton said his speech to the Trojans at halftime was simple.

“I told them not to quit,” he said. “We had to go out and establish our defense in the second half, and we did that. We bent but we didn’t break.

“We shot ourselves in the foot a few times, but overall, they’re a good bunch of kids. There’s a lot of talent there.”

The Trojans, who finished 6-1 on the season, avenged last year’s 20-14 loss to the Mustangs and now own a 10-7 lead in the series for the Cary Godette Trophy, named for the former Havelock High standout and East Carolina all-American who coached in the NFL and now is an administrator at ECU.

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