Rams open season with victory over Washington

Havelock football

Havelock's Matthew Boykin eludes a pair of Washington defenders on Friday. Boykin later scored on a 73-yard touchdown pass as the Rams opened the season with a 28-6 victory.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 04:08 AM.

Those expecting to hear a lot of thunder and see a lot of lightning as the Havelock Rams made their 2013 season weren’t disappointed.

The only problem was that much of it was in the sky high above Washington’s football field. On the ground, the two-time defending state champions struggled with a tough Pam Pack squad before pulling out a 28-6 victory on Friday night.

“Washington played a really good game, and we had spots where we played good,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “We didn’t play Havelock football the whole game. We didn’t play our best football, and Washington had a lot to do with that. They’re a very good team.”

After a thunderstorm delayed the start of the contest for about two hours, the two teams could muster little offensively, and a defensive play from Havelock’s Anthony Fisher may have just turned the tide in Havelock’s favor.

“Anthony Fisher is a good football player,” Bryant said. “He’s a good kid, too. He’s a hard worker. With some of the other guys we have on defense, he sometimes gets overlooked, and I hope he keeps getting overlooked because he’s going to continue to make plays.”

In a scoreless game early in the second quarter, Washington drove inside the Ram 30-yard and faced a fourth-and-9. Pam Pack quarterback Brodie West dropped back to pass, but Fisher broke through the line for the first of his two sacks during the contest.

“I saw the quarterback run, and I just tackled him for a sack to try to get my team back in the game,” Fisher said. “I was just trying to help my team win.”

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