Havelock running back Derrell Scott is known for his speed and quick moves that leave defenders grasping at air. Against White Oak on Friday, the Ram senior proved he’s also a good mudder.
Scott ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing 5,000 career rushing yards in the process, as Havelock defeated the Vikings 54-0 on a rainy Friday night in Jacksonville.
“You just really have to emphasize ball security,” Scott said of playing in the rain. “You just have to really try to get north and south and not try to do too much. You’re just trying to get what you can get and take care of the football in weather like this.”
Rain began falling before Friday’s kickoff and continued through the third quarter. The Rams struggled offensively in a scoreless first quarter, but after stopping White Oak on fourth down inside the Ram 10-yard line, Havelock turned to Scott.
The senior took a handoff up the right sideline for 78 yards, switching field position and setting up Havelock’s first score of the night, a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Travis Sabdo to Matthew Boykin.
Scott scored from 12 yards out in the second quarter, and with the Rams leading 21-0 in the third quarter, he basically put the game away with a 65-yard touchdown run. On the play, Scott went over 5,000 rushing yards in his Havelock High career and now stands at 5,042 yards on 553 carries with 76 touchdowns.
The humble Scott wasn’t aware of the mark and took no credit for the achievement.
“Really, I give all the credit to the offensive line,” he said. “They give me big holes, and I just try to get vertical as quick as I can, try to make somebody miss and lower my shoulder at the next defender and hopefully break something.”
Scott is being recruited by just about every top college football program in the country, and speculation about his future follows him everywhere he goes. Various recruiting websites and magazines list what are said to be his favorites but Scott is quick to point out that he has not made a decision. He’s trying not to let all the hype and attention affect him.
“(College) coaches are always telling you how good you are and how much they want you to come and play for them,” Scott said. “But, I’ve got good parents around me to keep me humble.”
Scott said he wasn’t sure when he would make a decision, and that he has planned recruiting trips to South Carolina and Florida and to see N.C. State play North Carolina.
He said all the attention hasn’t become overwhelming.
“I try not to think about it a whole lot,” he said. “I try to focus on my team and what we have to do each and every week.”
This week, that focus is on West Carteret, with the Rams traveling to Morehead City for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
For Scott, he’s just enjoying playing football.
“I just thank God for everything,” he said.