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Another Friday in October. Another Havelock shutout victory.
Derrell Scott celebrated his 18th birthday by scoring a touchdown on Havelock’s first offensive play, and Matthew Boykin added four more touchdowns as the Rams dominated West Carteret 67-0 in a Coastal 3A Conference game Friday in Morehead City.
In four October games, top-ranked Havelock (10-0, 5-0) outscored its opponents 220-0.
“Our defense is playing lights out right now,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “It makes the offensive play calling really easy.”
And that first offensive play against the Patriots went to Scott, who took a handoff, cut left and then went right up the field for a 57-yard touchdown run just 14 seconds into the contest. Scott finished the game with 134 yards on just nine carries.
Bryant said the first play didn’t go to Scott because it was his birthday.
“If you check back on our tapes, Derrell gets the first carry in pretty much all of our games,” Bryant said. “It’s great that he scored a touchdown on his first touch on his birthday, but that was not necessarily in the game plan. Our game plan is to get Derrell the ball as much as we can get it to him. It usually works pretty good.”
Boykin would score next. On fourth-and-7 from the Patriot 33, the junior caught a screen pass from Travis Sabdo, broke out of a tackle, and then headed up the field for a touchdown.
“The dude had me,” Boykin said of the Patriot defender. “I was just trying to make a move off him. I felt he didn’t have me good enough, so I just went off of him, and then touchdown.”
Boykin then took a jet sweep 81 yards for a touchdown, giving Havelock a 20-0 lead with 7:56 left in the first half.
“I saw the opening and I just took it and used the speed I had,” said Boykin, who had 92 yards rushing and 82 receiving. “I just saw that crease to the outside.”
Havelock put the game out of reach in the final 2:20 of the first half. First, Taylor Woods scored on a 7-yard run, Boykin returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, and after Julian Cuthbertson recovered a Patriot fumble, Sabo threw 28 yards to Kyran Bowman for a 40-0 Ram lead at halftime.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” Boykin said. “The line did what they had to do. The receivers did what they had to do. Travis came out hot, and Coach Bryant was calling the right calls. We just had a good overall team win.”
In the second half, Scott had a long run to set up Sabdo’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, and then Boykin caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Sabdo for a 53-0 margin with 6:32 left in the third quarter.
The Rams began to substitute, and Jordan Begley threw 17 yards to Christian Crowe, and Corey Cooper threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Trey Owens to wrap up the scoring.
“We got some young guys in there to get them some varsity experience in the third and fourth quarters, and they did a great job, too,” Bryant said. “We had a freshman throw to a sophomore on a touchdown pass with freshmen and sophomores on the offensive line. They did a great job.”
Sabdo was 10 of 12 passing for 167 yards. In all, the Rams totaled 258 yards rushing and 270 passing.
Defensively, Shondel Granison recovered two fumbles and had a sack, while Andrew Ramirez also had a fumble recovery for the Rams.
The victory extends Havelock’s school-record winning streak to 24. The Rams have won 41 of their last 42 games. In those games, Havelock has outscored its opponents 2,025 to 438, or an average of 48.2 to 10.4.
Havelock is off this week and is scheduled to play West Craven at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Vanceboro.