Havelock High grad helps ECU become bowl eligible with 48-28 victory

Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 06:34 PM.

Vintavious Cooper’s 22-yard touchdown run and Ty Holmes’ 28-yard interception return for a score with 2:01 remaining removed all doubt.

Cooper, a slippery junior, carried 33 times for 140 yards and a touchdown, turning in his third straight 100-yard rushing performance.

The Pirates racked up 550 yards of total offense while holding Houston to 369. The Cougars punted seven times and went 3 for 12 on third downs.

“It was a game of third downs,” first-year Houston coach Tony Levine said. “Offensively, we couldn’t sustain any drives. We couldn’t move the chains.”

The Pirates had little trouble for most of the crisp, cloudless afternoon, scoring eight of the 15 times they had the ball. Warren Harvey kicked field goals of 28 and 31 yards but missed from 47 in the fourth quarter to snap a streak of 10 straight successful attempts.

Webster, a former star quarterback at Havelock High School, caught a team-high six passes for 46 yards. He said his early success Saturday felt slightly familiar.

“It’s starting to slow down a little bit like it was in high school,” Webster said. “High school was a little slower, and you kind of had a little more time to make decisions, especially while you’re running the ball and trying to make plays for your team. So in that aspect, yes, it felt a little like back in high school.”

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