WINSTON-SALEM – Havelock used a strong second half to win the 3A state championship by defeating
55-21 Saturday night.
The title is the second straight for the Rams (15-1).
Down 7-0 after the first quarter, the Spiders (13-3) started gaining momentum.
Quarterback B.J. Beecher, who passed for 267 yards on 22-of-36 passing, led the way for
in the second quarter by passing for all three of his Spiders’ touchdowns.
After forcing the Rams to punt,
Beecher led the Spiders on an 88-yard drive.
The 6-foot-6 senior quarterback capped off the drive with a 37-yard pass to
sophomore running back Rocky Reid.
Recovering the ball on a
Havelock fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the
Spiders seemed to have the momentum on their side despite missing their second
But Cooper, also a safety, intercepted
Beecher and ran it back 87 yards for a
touchdown to get his team within one after a failed PAT.
With 4:07 left in the half,
Beecher orchestrated a 72-yard drive that
concluded in a 21-yard pass from the Shrine Bowl-bound quarterback to Jerry
A Logan Sedergren 2-point conversion gave the Spiders a 21-14.
Cooper, the game’s most valuable player after accounting for 146 yards and three touchdowns, led the Rams on a 65-yard scoring drive.
Cooper had two runs – for 28 and 26 yards – before finding Harry Caldwell for an 11-yard touchdown.
“I told them we had 24 minutes left to play,” he said. “We were either going to be the first-place team in the state of the first-place loser.”
“That was a big momentum switch,” said Bryant.
“When you play a team with a lot of speed like that, it’s hard to play from behind,” he said.
A.J. Coplon recovered both fumbles, returning the first 61 yards for a touchdown. The Rams found the end zone, on a 2-yard Derrell Scott run, after starting their drive at
47-yard line. That increased their lead to 14.