Senior Ramirez continues to be a defensive leader

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Havelock's Andrew Ramirez runs with the ball after an interception on Friday against Jacksonville.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM.

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.

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