Havelock going for a third straight state championship

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM.

"Right now, we’ve got a three-way battle for the quarterback position," Bryant said. "Travis right now is penciled in at No. 1, but penciled in means it could be erased."

Bryant said returning running back and receiver Taylor Woods (5-9, 185), who had 898 yards rushing and receiving a year ago with 11 touchdowns, would also see time at quarterback in Havelock’s wildcat formation.

Whoever lines up at quarterback will be doing so behind an inexperienced front that lost three seniors, two of which are playing in college. Senior Michael Howard (5-8, 175) returns at center, while senior Martez Morris (5-10, 240) is set at guard. Bryant will look to sophomores David Lynch (6-0, 195) and Mark George (6-2, 205) and senior Nick Clifford (6-0, 220) to fill out the offensive line.

"They’re athletic and they’re picking up the blocking schemes," Bryant said. "We’re not weak on the offensive line. We’re just inexperienced in three key positions."

Michael Bowman (6-0, 195), listed as one of the top juniors in the state, returns at receiver after hauling in 51 passes for 829 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. Woods, Matt Boykin (5-5, 145) and Jordan Cuthbertson (5-8, 150) all have experience playing receiver in Havelock’s offense, which has five returning starters.

The focus of the Havelock offense — and most likely of opposing defenses — is expected to be running back Derrell Scott (5-11, 185), who is being recruited by nearly every top college football program in the country. Last season as a junior, Scott, the school’s career-rushing leader, ran for 1,709 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.

"We’re going to move him around," Bryant said of Scott. "We’ll line him up in the backfield. We’ll line him up as an outside receiver. We’ll line him up as a slot receiver.



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