Boykin scores twice, defense forces six turnovers in 31-13 Ram win

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Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant watches the final seconds tick off against New Bern on Friday at New Bern High. Havelock led 13-6 at halftime but used a big third quarter to win the battle of defending state champions 31-13.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM.

If Matt Boykin was a little bit taller, he'd have major Division I colleges beating down his door.

Listed at 5-foot-5, the Havelock junior uses his elusiveness and speed to burn the opposition.

Boykin, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Rams rolled to a 31-13 victory over Craven County rival New Bern in a showdown of defending state champions at Caruso-Coates Stadium on Friday.

Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant, and his football players, arrived in New Bern later than usual after warming up on its own turf.

“We told them tonight, coming into the game, we didn't want to worry about the rivalry between New Bern and Havelock,” Bryant said. “We didn't talk about revenge. We just talked about Havelock. We wanted this week to be all about Havelock.”

The Rams avenged last year's 34-33 home loss to New Bern, and handed the Bears their first consecutive home losses since 2000. The Bears lost to Durham Hillside, 27-24, on Aug. 23.

Boykin's 49-yard touchdown run on third down gave the Rams their first score early in the second quarter, and they raced away to their third win over New Bern in the past five years.

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