Havelock scheduled to play at 2-0 New Hanover on Friday
Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant attends church on Sundays. This past Sunday, not only was he able to apply the preacher’s sermon to his faith, but he was also able to apply it to his football team.
Coming off convincing victories against New Bern and Washington to start the season, the Rams face another test with a road game against New Hanover at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wilmington.
“The preacher was talking about complacency, and how as Christians, we have to guard against complacency, and I think that’s a good message for our football team, too,” Bryant said. “We need to guard against complacency. We don’t need to rest on what we’ve just done because every week poses a new threat.
“New Hanover is a different type of team than New Bern and Washington. All three teams pose different threats to us. New Hanover is size and strength. They’re huge up front on the offensive and defensive lines.”
The Wildcats also sport a 2-0 record, having scored 48 points in each of their first two games. In last week’s 48-21 victory over Socastee, Trequan Age accounted for four touchdowns and totaled 171 yards rushing and 50 receiving. New Hanover also features tight end Garrett Walston, who has committed to play in college at Georgia.
“They’re 2-0, a 4A team and really good,” Bryant said of New Hanover. “They’re big. They’re bigger than any team we’ve ever played. They’ve got a tight end who is as good as any player I’ve seen in the state. They’ve got several skill guys who can run. They pose a good challenge for us.”
Havelock’s defense has allowed an average of just 109 yards per game in its first two victories, and recorded eight sacks in last week’s 41-6 victory over New Bern.
Running back Tony Sharpe has six touchdowns and 324 yards rushing for a Havelock offense that is averaging 45.5 points through two games.
The Rams have won 33 straight road games dating back to 2009, but the Rams will be traveling to Wilmington for a game for the first time since 2010, when they beat Laney 28-20.
“Anytime you’re on a bus for three hours, it’s not ideal,” Bryant said. “We’re going to stop halfway and eat a pre-game meal and break the trip up a bit, and then get there in plenty of time to get out and walk around a bit.”
The New Hanover game is the third of a difficult five-game non-conference schedule for Havelock. The Rams beat Washington 50-13 in the opener. After New Hanover, Havelock hosts 4A Greenville Rose and 2A Northside.
“The whole reason we scheduled the non-conference opponents we have is so we can be ready for the conference and the playoffs,” Bryant said. “We scheduled three 4A teams that are traditionally very good football teams, and two 2A teams that are traditionally very good football teams. Hopefully at the end of these five games, we’ll be able to know where we are as a team.”