Andrew Ramirez was the leading tackler on Havelock’s 2012 state championship team and is picking up right where he left off in 2013.
The senior is second on the team in tackles with 34 behind sophomore Keion Joyner’s 39. He has 3.5 tackles for loss, a pass deflection and an interception, which he nearly returned for a touchdown in Havelock’s 42-0 victory over Jacksonville last.
The Rams are 7-0 and seeking a trip to Raleigh to play for its third consecutive state championship. Ramirez is part of a defense that has allowed just four offensive touchdowns this season.
“So far, the year has been going great,” Ramirez said. “We are playing well and everyone is doing their job. I couldn’t ask for any better out of my teammates.”
The son of a Marine, Ramirez knows what it’s like to fight through pain, which he has been doing this season due to a sports hernia.
“I’ve just been playing through the pain since the beginning of the year,” he said. “A lot of that comes from my dad and him telling me to keep fighting through it and good things will happen.”
Ramirez, like his teammates, has his eyes set on another state championship and establishing a dynasty in Havelock.
For his personal goals, Ramirez has his own list in mind.
“I hope to get back to the state title game obviously and then be the MVP of the defense and lead the team in tackles again,” he said.
Havelock is scheduled to play Swansboro at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final regular-season home game of the year. Ramirez will be among the senior football players recognized before the game as part of Senior Night activities.
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.