The Havelock Rams wanted to win and send a message to whomever would meet them in the eastern 3A championship game next week.
The Rams rolled the Washington Pam Pack 57-7 behind eight rushing touchdowns.
Junior sensation Derrell Scott rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries, and accounted for four scores, while fellow junior Taylor Woods amassed 72 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns. London Duvall added the eighth.
After Scott scored the second of his four touchdowns midway through the second quarter, the Rams recovered an immaculate onside kick that led to another score and a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Pam Pack got on the board in the third quarter after connecting on a 35-yard Hail Mary that set up a 1-yard rushing score.
Through three playoff contests, Havelock has outscored its opponents 152-7.
Against Washington, A.J. Coplon and Joey Godette had interceptions, while kicker Dylan Baker recovered a fumble on a kickoff.
Quarterback Pharoh Cooper threw for 214 yards on a night where the ground attack was in the spotlight.
Havelock could have possibly put up more points if not for six dropped passes in the first half, and 88 yards of penalties.
“We have to hit practice hard this week and cut that stuff out,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “I think on the drops, guys were losing their focus on the ball and trying to run and score before they caught the ball.”
For the fourth-straight season, the road to the state title game will go through Havelock. Its opponent will be the Orange Black Panthers in the Friday’s Eastern Regional Final.
Havelock defeated Cleveland last season in the same round 64-7, and lost to Eastern Alamance in both 2010 and 2009.
“It’s huge for us to have this homefield advantage, and it’s very important for this game, being the fourth year in a row with it being here at Havelock,” Bryant said. “Our home crowd is as good as any with the way the community supports us here and football being big in our community.”
Orange escaped with a 14-13 win over Eastern Alamance.
“(Orange) Coach Graham and I coached against each other before in a state championship game when I was at Williamston and he was at Graham, so I kind of know what to expect,” Bryant said.
“We are just going to get back to practice and come ready to play like every other week.”
Washington0 0 7 0 - 7
Havelock 14 14 22 7 - 57
H - Taylor Woods 7 run (Baker kick)
H - Derrell Scott 2 run (Baker kick)
H - Scott 21 run (Baker kick)
H - London Duvall 13 run (Baker kick)
H - Woods 36 run (Aron Rossi 2-pt. conversion)
W - Patrick Thompson 1 run (Cutler kick)
H- Scott 37 run (Baker kick)
H - Scott 9 run (Baker kick)
H - Woods 14 run (Baker kick)
First Downs 7 14
Rushes-Yards 29-15 29-243
Passing Yards 71 218
Comp-Att-Int 7-18-2 14-26-0
Penalties-Yards 3-25 10-88
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Punts-Avg. 6-24.0 3-27.3
Washington: Passing-Thompson 6-15-1-61 yards, Hart 1-3-1-10 yards
Rushing - Green 7-(-3), Spencer 8-12, Thompson 7-(-12), Hart 6-17, Columbus 1-1
Receiving - Moore 3-16, Maultsby 2-7, Bell2-13, Green 1-35
Havelock: Passing-Pharoh Cooper 13-24-0 214 yards, Travis Sabdo 1-2-4 yards
Rushing - Derrell Scott 13-138 4 TDs, Taylor Woods 7-72 3 TDs, Cooper 4-4, London Duvall 2-16 TD, Donte Stackhouse 3-15
Receiving - Michael Bowman 4-88, Aron Rossi 4-54, Duvall 3-44, Woods 1-(-3), C.J. Lindsey 2-35