Havelock going for a third straight state championship

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

"No doubt he is a heck of a player. Because everybody is going to be keying on him, that’s going to open up three or four other players who are really good skill players on our offense."

Bryant said the key to the offense would be the elimination of turnovers and a consistent offensive line that comes together to play as a unit.

The Rams averaged 47.9 points per game last season, and Bryant’s plan is to make the offense even quicker. During a recent scrimmage, Havelock ran 21 plays in five minutes, or one every 14 seconds.

"We’re going to hurry, hurry," he said. "We’re going to call the offense a lot faster. Most of the time we’re going to snap the ball every 10 seconds. We’re going to really speed it up. We’ve been working on our tempo a lot."

Havelock returns six starters to a defense that gave up just 10.9 points per game last season, including leading tackler Andrew Ramirez (5-9, 175), who moves from linebacker to safety after recording 99 tackles, three sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries last season.

The Rams must replace Harry Caldwell and East Carolina-bound Malcom Ashley, who combined for 144 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks from the defensive line last season. Maurice Harris (6-1, 215) returns up front, and Billy Watkins (5-10, 255) and Jaquan Godette (6-2, 235) are coming up from a junior varsity team that went 10-0 last season to bolster the defensive front.

Havelock puts its defensive strength in its linebacking corps, which features junior returners Andrew Vanover (5-10, 190), who was second on the team in tackles a year ago with 90, and Anthony Fisher (5-9, 175), along with Keion Joyner (6-3, 185) and Joey Godette (5-10, 180). Junior returner Akenno Godette (5-9, 190) and sophomore Trey Owens (5-9, 160) will also be in the mix.

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