Mustangs score first, hang on at end to beat rival Trojans

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Tucker Creek defender Montrece Gatlings tackles Havelock Middle's Kendall Frazier on Wednesday at Havelock High. Tucker Creek won the game 20-14.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM.

The Tucker Creek Middle School Mustangs scored on their first offensive play. But it wasn’t until the last play of the game that victory over rival Havelock Middle and the Cary Godette Trophy were secured.

Tucker Creek got a tie-breaking touchdown to start the third quarter and made the lead hold up in a 20-14 victory over the rival Trojans Wednesday at Havelock High.

“It is always the hardest-fought game when Havelock Middle and Tucker Creek play,” Tucker Creek coach Michael Sloan said. “If you watched the game the last four years, you’d have seen it.”

With Tucker Creek leading 20-14, Havelock Middle got a defensive stop with 41 seconds left at its own 26-yard line. Quarterback Jeffery Harris’ pass to Kendall Frazier and his own scramble put the Trojans at the Mustang 40 with 21 seconds left. However, the Trojans would get no closer to the end zone, and a fourth-down pass up the left sideline fell incomplete as the Mustangs celebrated victory.

Not only did the Mustangs win back the Cary Godette Trophy, but they avenged a 20-14 non-conference loss in the first game of the year to the Trojans, who scored on the game’s final play to win.

“That game taught us a lot,” Sloan said of the first meeting. “We learned we had a lot of improvement to do, and we got better each week.”

Tucker Creek opened the scoring on its first offensive play, when Montrece Gatling ran 65 yards for a touchdown. Khalil Barrett ran in the two-point conversion, lifting the Mustangs to an 8-0 lead with 5:31 left in the first quarter.

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