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October 8, 2013HAVELOCK - In a highly anticipated match up between conference rivals, it was the Havelock Rams who delivered the "statement" with a convincing 42-0 victory over Jacksonville.
Havelock scored in all phases of the game, offense, defense. and special teams in the victory.
The first quarter was a "feeling out" process for both teams. Havelock was able to move the ball at will in between the 20's but was unable to crack the end zone.
Early in the second quarter Jacksonville QB Vincent Siders, who was back at the helm after a early season injury, was picked off by sophomore phenom linebacker Keion Joyner. Joyner's interception set up the Rams deep in Cardinal territory.
On the next play from scrimmage, Havelock's all-state running back Derrell Scott would race 26 yards into the end zone to put the Rams up 7-0.
The Ram defense with Joyner leading the way was stellar all night and would hold the Cardinals on their next series.
The Ram rushing attack would go back to work. After consecutive first downs, Scott would score again from 4 yards out with 6:59 left in the half to put the Rams up 14-0.
Jacksonville would put together a nice drive by getting 3 first downs, but the drive would eventually stall. The Cards would have one last shot to score before half, but QB Siders pass was picked off in the end zone by Matt Boykin. Both teams enter halftime with Havelock leading 14-0.
The Cardinals fans would like to forget the third quarter. After receiving the kick off to start the second half, the Cards would get a quick first down on a nice run by the athletic Siders. On the next play, running back Jermaine Linton would fumble in the Cardinal backfield. Joyner would scoop up the miscue and race 67 yards for the score to blow the game wide-open 21-0 with just minutes gone in the third quarter.
The pumped up Ram defense would force a three and out next series and a Cardinal punt. The short punt hit Havelock's Julian Cuthbertson in the back creating a live football. Cuthbertson would calmly collect the football and race 54 yards for a punt return touchdown. After the PAT, the Rams led 28-0 with 8:28 left in the third quarter scoring 14 points without their potent offense taking a snap.
Siders would aggravate his injury and leave the game. Quick athlete Adams Exelman who faced New Bern earlier in the year would enter and try to spark the Cardinals. Instead he would throw 2 interceptions to set up touchdown runs by Scott of 30 and 7 yds. With 2:06 left in the third quarter, Havelock would lead 42-0.
Both teams would complete the game with reserves with no more scoring. Havelock would finish the night with 359 yards of total offense with 310 coming on the ground. Scott, who has been dinged with injuries the season, looked completely healthy with speed and quick cuts. He would finish the night rushing 21 times for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Joyner, who received a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech earlier that day, would have a great night on defense with an interception to set-up the first Ram score and the 67-yard fumble return to bust the game open. Joyner barely missed another interception in the third quarter on a great play in the flats. Ram defenders Maurice Harris and Andrew Ramirez also had great nights on defense making plays all over the field in the shutout. Ramirez had an interception in the third Quarter to set up a Scott touchdown.
Havelock (7-0) continues to roll next Friday hosting dangerous Swansboro while Jacksonville (5-2) looks to regroup versus an improved West Carteret team on the road.
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