Havelock offensive line coming together at right time

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Havelock center Michael Howard prepares to snap the ball against Anson during the second round of the playoffs. Howard has started for three seasons on the Ram offensive line.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 03:22 PM.

A couple of weeks ago, the Havelock coaching staff challenged the offensive line to improve its play. So far, the players up front have accepted that challenge.

The Rams rushed for 333 yards in last week’s 48-2 victory over North Forsyth.

“The coaches told us that everyone was saying how the offensive line was weak, that we were the weakest link,” starting center Michael Howard said. “We all just had to step up.”

Howard, at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, is the smallest of the Havelock starters on the offensive line. Yet, he is in his third year as a starter and has a chance to play in his third straight state championship game with a victory over Eastern Wayne in Friday’s regional title game.

“They like to pick on me,” Howard said of opposing defenses. “I get thrown around, punched, and whatever. I just walk away.”

Howard often must snap the ball and sprint toward the outside on one of Havelock’s many receiver screen passes or off-tackle runs. He credits the coaching staff for his effectiveness.

“They teach us the correct way to block,” he said. “It’s all about technique.”

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