Cardinals come in with a 6-2 overall record

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM.

It’s hard for the Havelock High football players not to see it. However, they have managed to ignore it.

Each week this season, the Rams have entered a Coastal 3A Conference game as a prohibitive favorite. After all, Havelock hasn’t lost a league game since falling to West Carteret on Oct. 29, 2010, a streak of 12 straight games. The Rams have won 27 of their last 29 games overall.

With that as a backdrop, the Jacksonville Cardinals are scheduled to visit Havelock at 7 p.m. Friday for homecoming. And, just as all the previous opponents during the winning streak, the Rams are ignoring talk that the contest — despite Jacksonville’s 6-2 record and 3-1 league mark — should be another easy victory.

"The coaches keep us focused," Havelock quarterback Pharoh Cooper said. "You can never take any team for granted or you can get beat. We just have to keep the momentum up and keep playing ball like we know how to play."

At 6-2, the Cardinals have clinched their first winning regular season since 2004. They’ve done it with defense. Jacksonville is giving up just 14 points per game after last week’s 23-21 victory over West Craven.

"They’ve got a really good defense, a really good defense," Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. "We’re going to have to play well on offense. It’s going to be a big test for our offensive line."

Havelock’s offense has rarely been tested this season. The Rams are averaging 45.6 points per game behind Cooper and Derrell Scott.

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