Rams open league play with 41-6 victory.

Havelock’s defense, shredded a couple of weeks ago against Greenville Rose, came up with a couple of key stops, as the Rams slogged their way to a 41-6 victory over West Carteret Thursday at Havelock High.

“This feels really good,” Havelock linebacker Kendall Frazier said. “This is how good our defense is. I feel we have one of the best defenses in the state.

“I feel like, for the most part, we all did our jobs. We need to do the work in practice, but I feel like we’ll be ready for any game.”

In the Coastal 3A Conference opener played in constant rain and drizzle, Tony Sharpe had three touchdown runs in the first half as the Rams (6-0, 1-0) methodically controlled the game throughout.

“In the past, we would not have played in something like this weather, but I feel really good about our offensive and defensive lines, so I didn’t mind playing a grind-it-out game with the guys we have on our offensive and defensive lines,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “It’s good to know we can win and win big in these bad conditions.”

The Patriots (0-6, 0-1) had a couple of chances to stay in the game, but the Ram defense, which gave up 48 points to Greenville Rose on Sept. 11, made stops each time. After Andrew Dale recovered a fumble at the Havelock 16-yard line, the Patriots had a chance to cut into Havelock’s 13-0 lead but went backwards in four plays and turned the ball over on downs.

In the third quarter, West Carteret again had a chance to get into the end zone, but Havelock’s Kendall Frazier intercepted a pass at the 4-yard line, stopping the drive.

“I read the play, he threw it up and I got it,” Frazier said of his interception on a pass over the middle. “I could have returned it better, but I’ll take what I can take.”

Sharpe had scoring runs on 1, 10 and 2 yards, lifting Havelock to a 19-0 lead early in the second quarter. Quarterback Zach Sabdo threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kenyatta Frazier, giving Havelock a 25-0 lead at halftime.

Montrece Gatling ran 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter for Havelock, and freshman Cam Hutchinson scored on a 5-yard jog late in the third for a Havelock 41-0 lead.

“The offensive line did a great job picking up on their stunts, and I thought all three of our running backs ran the ball really well,” Bryant said. “Cam is a freshman and came in and ran the ball really hard in a meaningful time of the game when we had to run the ball, and he ran the ball really well with our first line. And then Montrece comes in for one play at tailback and pops it for a touchdown. That’s pretty good to have two guys that can back up a kid like Tony Sharpe and play like that.”

West Carteret got on the board with 4:10 left in the game on Rodney Mitchell’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Fischler.

Khalil Barrett also had an interception for the Rams, whose first-team defense hasn’t allowed a point since the 49-48 victory over Greenville Rose.

“The last two weeks, we’ve been trying to shore up what we did wrong in that game, offensively, defensively and special teams,” Bryant said. “When the opposing team gets the ball on their own 35-yard line instead of our 35, that’s a 30-yard swing, and that’s big, so our kicking game has come a long way.”

Havelock is scheduled to host White Oak next week.