The Havelock junior varsity team overcame brutal wind and cold, scoring four fourth-quarter touchdowns, to beat West Craven 40-2 Tuesday at Havelock High.
The Rams (9-0) finished the season undefeated for the third straight year.
“It was cold,” lineman Justin Wears said of the 25 mph winds that made the temperature feel much colder than the lower 40s. “Because it was so cold, it was hard getting to move like I was supposed to because my joints were stiff. But once we got moving and started getting warm, it got better, and I think we came out pretty well.”
Neither team was able to pass or kick into the wind. Havelock’s defense kept the Eagles bottled up in the third quarter setting the stage for the fourth.
Leading 8-2, the Rams got a 10-yard touchdown run from Montrece Gatling and two-point run from quarterback Corey Cooper to lead 16-2 with 11:22 left.
Tony Sharp’s 61-yard run set up Cooper’s 15-yard scamper, and Quinzel Lockhart recovered a West Craven fumble and went 43 yards for another score.
After a Dallas Frazier interception, Sharp capped the game with a 1-yard plunge.
“The key was the guys keeping their blocks,” Sharp said. “I’m real proud of the guys. They did good, and the backs stuck it up in there real hard, and I just enjoyed it.”
Havelock got on the board first on Cooper’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Clements and his two-point pass to Taquan Green.
“It was pretty cold, and I think it affected us at little bit,” Cooper said. “We made some changes at halftime and we did what we had to do to pull out the win in the second half. We couldn’t have done it without the linemen.”
West Craven’s only points came when Sharp slipped down in the end zone for a safety late in the second quarter.
“We started out a little slow, but I think the weather had a little bit to do with that,” Havelock coach Bob Sabdo said. “Once we got warmed up, we were able to get back to what we do right, and we were able to move the ball.
“I’m very proud of the guys. We made some adjustments at halftime, and they took those adjustments and we were able to put some points on the board.”