Spectators, players and coaches alike had to sense a special night was in the works for Havelock junior running back Derrell Scott early in the first quarter when he darted up the middle of the field and cleanly hurdled a Currituck defender.
Scott had 102 rushing yards on the night and scored three touchdowns in Havelock’s 49-0 opening-round playoff romp. He also eclipsed a milestone as he became Havelock High School’s all-time career leader in rushing yards with 3,434, surpassing Chris Moore’s mark of 3,393 set in 2000.
“I had no idea how close I was to it honestly,” Scott said. “I could not have done it without my offensive line or without the grace of God. I’ll think about it for a night and then it’s back to focusing on the next game tomorrow.”
Havelock quarterback Pharoh Cooper tossed a pair of touchdowns — a 38-yarder to Michael Bowman and a 25-yard strike to A.J. Coplon.
Cooper and Coplon also returned punts for touchdowns to account for a dominating performance in all facets of the game for the Rams, the defending state 3A champs.
“I got what I was expecting out of my guys and from Currituck,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “We didn’t have to punt at all with our starters in there, and the two punt returns for TDs were huge for us.”
Bryant also affirmed that he couldn’t be happier for Scott’s record.
“Derrell (Scott) is just an awesome kid,” he said. “He leads by example with his hard work every day and I just couldn’t be happier for him.”
Currituck, like most of Havelock’s opponents, could never find an offensive attack or get into a rhythm.
“Well, giving up two special teams scores don’t help you out any,” Currituck coach John Wheeler said. “But I think us having the opportunity again to play a tough opponent like Havelock will only help us going forward.
“There’s a reason they (Havelock) are a program that others want to model themselves after. Jim Bob (Bryant) has done a tremendous job building something great here. You look at No.24 (Scott) there picking up yard markers minutes after the game. He doesn’t have to but he wants to and I hope our kids can be like that as we go to 2A next year.”
The Rams (11-1) have beaten Currituck (3-8) in each of the last three postseasons.
Havelock is next scheduled to play Coastal 3A Conference foe Jacksonville in the second round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Rams beat Jacksonville 42-12 on Oct. 12.
Currituck 0 0 0 0 — 0
Havelock 21 14 14 0 — 49
H — Derrell Scott 2 run (Baker kick)
H — Pharoh Cooper 37 punt return (Baker kick)
H — Scott 3 run (Baker kick)
H —Cooper 38 pass to Michael Bowman (Baker kick)
H — Cooper 25 pass to A.J. Coplon (Baker kick)
H — Coplon 60 punt return (Baker kick)
H — Scott 57 run (Baker kick)
First Downs 11 7
Rushes-Yards 41-116 12-190
Passing Yards 32 118
Comp-Att-Int 4-13-1 9-11-0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 2-15
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0
Punts-Avg. 6-36.2 1-37.0
Currituck: Passing –Schuster 4-13-1 32 yards. Rushing — Schuster 13-26, Huff 3-21, Nichols 3-4, Santini 1- -3, Dupree 5-10, Foreman 2- -3, Garrett 5-37, #33 9-30. Receiving — Foreman 3-24, Fallon 1-8.
Havelock: Cooper 8-9-0 120 yards 2 TD, Rossi 1-2-0 -2 yards, Sabdo 0-1-0. Rushing — Scott 8-102 yards 3 TDs, Cooper 2-33, Woods 2-12, Duvall 1-24. Receiving — Bowman 2-60 yards TD, Rossi 3-32, Coplon 1-25 TD, Woods 1- -4, Frazier 1- -2.