Woods scores three touchdowns as Havelock beats White Oak 48-7

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM.

Playing a state champion is never easy, which White Oak found out Friday night.

The Vikings suffered their fifth straight loss under first-year coach Chad Ashley as defending state 3A champion Havelock rolled to a 48-7 victory in the Coastal 3A Conference opener for both teams.

The Vikings (0-5, 0-1) fought hard, but the Rams (4-1, 1-0) were simply better, using a balanced attack to rack up at least 48 points for the fourth time this season.

"Not good enough," Ashley said. "I thought we actually played with passion for the first time this year. Kids played hard against a tough opponent."

The Vikings came out with passion and intensity, but the momentum was on the Rams’ side for most of the game behind senior quarterback Pharoh Cooper, who was a triple threat. He threw for 205 yards, rushed for 82 yards and also retuned a punt for 32 yards to keep the Vikings on their heels for the entire contest.

"I felt good and confident we prepared all week, and we didn’t take them lightly," Cooper said.

The Rams scored fast and early. It took them only two plays to find the end zone when Cooper ripped off a 50-yard run for a touchdown.

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