Rams get signature victory over Swansboro on Senior Night

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 00:05 AM.

“They came out right from the get-go and wanted it,” Havelock coach Jeremiah Johnson said of his team. “Just the fact that it was their last home game for so many of them, they wanted it that much more.”

The stunned Pirates tried to regroup and got Garrett Carpenter’s goal on an assist from Edward Radley, getting to within 2-1 at halftime.

Swansboro missed opportunities on a pair of corner kicks in the second half, and Havelock keeper Zach Martin made a couple of saves. Havelock defenders Kilgore, R.J. Howard, Jason Hollister and Darren Miles managed to keep the Pirates’ speed contained. With the clock ticking down, Quinn worked a give-and-go with Kemble, who got past Kohlman with the clinching goal with just six minutes left in the match.

“I think we played with heart more than anything,” Kemble said. “It was just a team effort. The seniors really wanted to go out with a bang on their home field, and the guys who weren’t seniors stepped it up for their teammates. It was just a great overall team effort.”

Kemble, who has committed to play in college at George Mason, called the victory the highlight of his four years at Havelock.

“This ranks right at the top,” he said. “It’s No. 1 as far as wins goes. It’s conference, and we’re fighting to get into the playoffs, and they’re No. 3 in the state, which I think is the best team Havelock’s ever beaten. To go out on Senior Night, my last home game, it just feels better than any other win I’ve had in high school.”

The victory means Havelock has a chance to clinch third in the conference and a playoff spot by beating Richlands tonight and West Carteret on Thursday.



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