Rams have posted consecutive shutouts in first two rounds

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Havelock’s Deshone Godette, left, flies in to tackle Jacksonville’s Terry Lewis during the second round of the playoffs on Friday. Godette is part of a defensive unit that has posted consecutive shutouts through the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM.

Havelock defensive coach Caleb King affectionately calls his players a bunch of old men. Seven of his 11 starters on defense have started for him the past three seasons, and they’re peaking as the Rams head to the third round of the playoffs.

"We’ve been playing really fast," King said. "Our defense is built on speed. And, they’re doing their job really well."

Havelock has posted consecutive shutouts in the first two rounds of the playoffs. A third against Washington Friday would match the feat of the 1988 Rams, who shut out three straight playoff opponents.

"I think this defense is so good because we get to the ball really well, and we love to hit," said linebacker Andrew Ramirez, who leads the Rams with 77 tackles on the season. "We just read the offense really well. Everybody’s been getting to the ball real well and just stopping them on every play."

Havelock’s starting defense has given up just 52 points through 13 games and just one rushing touchdown the entire season. The Rams force an average of two turnovers per game and are averaging 3 1/2 quarterback sacks per game.

"They play very well as a unit together," King said. "They know each other and they feed off each other. We’re like a no-name defense. They take pride as a unit in what they do."

King said the multiple 3-4 scheme is designed to do one thing.

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