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Derrell Scott scored on the second play of the game for the Havelock Rams, but it was a play on which he didn’t score that had the attention of his coaches and fans.
Scott got hit making a catch late in the second quarter and injured his back, and the super senior did not return to the game. Still, Havelock used a strong defensive effort and four touchdown passes from quarterback Travis Sabdo to beat Northside 40-15 Friday at Havelock High.
“He’s fine,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said of Scott, who is being recruited by just about every major college football program in the country. “He’s just got a bruised back.”
Scott made a leaping 6-yard catch, but as he was in the air, got hit from behind. He stayed on the field several minutes as trainers checked on him and then slowly walked off the field and headed into the locker room before halftime.
In the second half, he stood on the sidelines, without his helmet and shoulder pads, watching the action. Part of that involved an injury to backup running back Taylor Woods, who injured his hip and did not return. He totaled 95 yards rushing on 10 carries until he was injured.
“We tell our kids all the time that they’re one injury away from being on the field,” Bryant said. “We’ve got two young tailbacks (Taron Wallace, Donta Stackhouse) we put out there, and they got some varsity experience when the game was tight.”
Scott raced 63 yards on the second play of the game, lifting Havelock to an early 7-0 lead. He finished the contest with 131 yards rushing on just 14 carries.
Sabdo threw 9 yards to Matthew Boykin for a score, and added a 34-yarder to Boykin as the top-ranked Rams (5-0) took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Northside’s Juwaun Eddy returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown to narrow the gap to 21-7 early in the second quarter. The Monarchs (2-3) came up with four turnovers for the contest, including interceptions by Josh Cabrera and Isaiah Wells.
“Our defense is athletic and will get after it,” Northside coach Bob Eason said. “We just need to be a little more fundamental.”
Sabdo came back later as Michael Bowman took a screen pass 34 yards for a touchdown with 4:25 left in the second quarter, as the Rams led 28-7 at halftime.
Sabdo finished 13 of 23 for 175 yards but had little success getting the ball down the field. He also threw his first two interceptions of the season, two of Havelock’s four turnovers on the night.
“Offensively, we had our spots, but we didn’t play the kind of football I expected us to play,” Bryant said. “I expected us to get through the game with no turnovers and blocking our rules, and we didn’t do a great job of that.
“But, the good thing about football is we’ve got another week coming up, so we’ll get better next week.”
In the second half, Sabdo threw a 23-yard wide receiver screen touchdown to Kyran Bowman for a 34-7 lead.
Northside got quarterback Jake Erickson’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Josh Cabrera and a two-point pass from Erickson to Matt Pinto, narrowing the margin to 34-15 with 11 minutes left in the game.
Still, Northside struggled offensively on the night. Erickson was just 2 of 7 for 31 yards, and the Monarchs managed just 60 yards rushing on 40 carries. Kris Curry led Northside on the ground with 59 yards.
“I thought we battled. We competed,” Eason said. “We played hard. I thought we played good in spurts. Offensively, we didn’t help ourselves any. Our defense was on the field all night, but that’s a credit to Havelock’s defense.”
Havelock’s Akenno Godette returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown for the final margin. Godette had a sack in the contest, and Keion Joyner had two sacks and forced a fumble that Andrew Ramirez recovered for a Havelock team that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns through five games.
“I thought we played good,” Joyner said. “We had some minor mishaps on some plays, but other than that, I thought we did a good job.”
Havelock totaled 15 penalties for 180 yards, including 10 in the first half for 115 yards.
“It seemed like every time we got a positive play, there was a penalty,” Bryant said.
“I’m happy with the win, but we’ve got a lot of things we need to work on as a team. We scored 40 points, and we did not play our best game. I guess if we score 40 points and did not play our best game, we’re doing alright.”
Havelock is next scheduled to play Richlands in its Coastal 3A Conference opener for homecoming next week at Havelock High.
Northside 0 7 0 8 -15
Havelock 21 7 6 6 -40
H – Derrell Scott, 63-yard run, Noah Kemble kick, 11:24
H – Matthew Boykin, 9-yard pass from Travis Sabo, Kemble kick, 6:09
H – Boykin, 34-yard pass from Sabdo, Kemble kick, :15
N – Juwuan Eddy, 33-yard fumble return, Gage Eason kick, 8:59
H – Michael Bowman, 34-yard pass from Sabdo, Kemble kick, 4:25
H – Kyran Bowman, 23-yard pass from Sabdo, conversion failed, 5:30
N – Josh Cabrera, 24-yard pass from Jake Erickson, 2-point pass Pinto from Erickson, 11:00
H – Akenno Godette, 15-yard fumble return, conversion failed, 8:02