Havelock football coach Jim Bob Bryant appreciates the support his team receives from the community.
The football stadium was packed on Friday, not just for the game, but to pay tribute to Janie Queen – a 2010 Havelock graduate who lost her life in a car crash on Thursday afternoon.
Ribbons were been handed out, a moment of silence took place and balloons were set free in honor of Queen, a former Havelock cheerleader and softball player.
Bryant said Havelock is a tight-knit community.
It showed on Friday night.
“We are very close knit,” Bryant said. “That’s one of the reasons I came here was for the support that fans give to our school and athletes. I’m happy to be coaching at Havelock with a bunch of great kids, great coaches and great fans.”
The Rams went on to win the Coastal 3A Conference for the fourth-straight season with a 67-13 victory over West Carteret on Senior Night.
Senior Pharoh Cooper showed every bit of his Shrine Bowl-caliber.
Cooper threw four touchdown passes, ran for two more and returned a punt for a score.
“(Pharoh) is a great football player and he’s turned into a great quarterback,” Bryant said. “When you have weapons around him, like we have, and an offensive line that blocks as well as they do, it makes play-calling a lot easier.”
The University of South Carolina commit threw for 212 yards, all in the first half, and connected on three touchdown passes to senior C.J. Lindsey (42, 41 and 57 yards).
“We were on point tonight,” Cooper said. “We had two pass plays that we designed to get the ball to C.J. He was Johnny on the spot when he caught the ball.”
The second-ranked Rams (9-1, 6-0 Coastal) jumped out to a 61-6 lead at halftime.
Senior A.J. Coplon hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Cooper, and returned a punt 51 yards to the end zone.
London Duvall scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns (17 and three yards).
“We pretty much dominated that first half and finished,” Cooper said. “Every time we touched the ball, we scored. Everybody did their jobs.”
Havelock gained 435 yards of offense. Duvall ran for 79 yards, while junior standout Derrell Scott was limited to six carries for 49 yards.
Lindsey caught four passes for 152 yards.
Defensively, Havelock limited West Carteret’s offense to 188 yards. Coplon and Taylor Woods each had an interception.
The Rams recorded five sacks – Malcom Ashley, Harry Caldwell, Andrew Vanover, Anthony Fisher and Akenno Godette.
The Havelock seniors have just one conference loss in four years – a defeat to West Carteret in 2010.
The Rams finish the regular season at West Craven next Friday. West Carteret (5-5, 2-4) hosts Washington.
Bryant will be gunning for his 100th head coaching victory against West Craven.
“It’s exciting for me, but getting to celebrate it with good coaches we have here at Havelock and the good players, it’s going to be special,” Bryant said. “Hopefully we can get that win.
“It will be a good milestone, but I don’t want to put the light on me. I want to shine the light on my coaches and players.”
Havelock 67, West Carteret 13
West Carteret 0 6 7 0 – 13
Havelock 21 40 0 6 – 67
H – A.J. Coplon 32 pass from Pharoh Cooper (Dylan Baker kick), 9:52
H – Cooper 3 run (Baker kick), 6:05
H – Cooper 66 punt return (Baker kick), 4:29
H – Cooper 19 run (Baker kick), 9:59
H – Coplon 51 punt return (kick blocked), 7:23
H – C.J. Lindsey 42 pass from Cooper (Baker kick), 5:42
H – London Duvall 17 run (conversion failed), 4:33
H – Lindsey 41 pass from Cooper (Baker kick), 2:11
WC – Joseph Grant 37 run (kick missed), :14
H – Lindsey 41 pass from Cooper (Baker kick), :3
WC – Trevor Festerman 12 run (Dylan Mayer kick), 6:29
H – Duvall 3 run (conversion failed), 2:59
Team statistics WC H
First downs 18 19
Rush-yards 53-173 26-180
Comp-Att.-Int 2-12-2 11-20-1
Passing yards 15 255
Total yards 188 435
Fumbles-lost 3-0 1-0
Punt-yards 4-115 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-75 9-130
Passing – West Carteret: Jared Carr 2-11-2 15, Rodney Mitchell 0-1-0 0. Havelock: Pharoh Cooper 9-12-0 212, Aron Rossi 1-6-0 31, Travis Sabdo 1-2-1 12.
Rushing – West Carteret: Trevor Festerman 17-97, Joseph Grant 12-63, Devon Godette 7-44, Jordan Meadows 7-22, Kyle Erice 1-2, Makai Collins 1 (-3), Mitchell 2 (-12), Carr 6 (-40). Havelock: London Duvall 7-79, Derrell Scott 6-49, Donte Stackhouse 7-30, Cooper 3-26, Rossi 3 (-4).
Receiving – West Carteret: Kris Lindner 1-10, Trevor Festerman 1-5. Havelock: C.J. Lindsey 4-152, Duvall 3-51, A.J. Coplon 2-29, Rossi 1-19, Deshone Godette 1-4.