Havelock to travel to New Bern on Friday

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM.

New Bern quarterback Michael Hughes ran for 152 yards against Hillside last week, rushing for a touchdown and throwing for two more. He threw for 146 as the Bears totaled 329 yards.

New Bern will face a Havelock defense that surrendered 270 yards in last week’s 28-6 victory over Washington. The Rams also came up with an interception and two sacks.

Despite the victory, Havelock did struggle offensively. The Rams mustered just 57 yards rushing in the contest.

“We have to move the chains better than we did the other night,” Bryant said. “I think we punted more the other night than in the first six games of last year. We’ve got to move the chains and get first downs, and keep their offense off the field.”

He said the contest could come down to the kicking game, which it did last year when a poor snap on a wet field led to a blocked extra point that could have tied the game for the Rams in the closing seconds.

“Special teams are going to play a big part,” said Bryant, whose team had a punt blocked last week against Washington. “I think both of us offensively and defensively are going to be pretty good, but special teams will help create or eliminate field position, so I think big plays and the kicking game are going to be two big things in this game.

“Both offenses are explosive, so which team limits the other team’s offensive production more, and big plays and special teams I think will be the difference.”

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