Pam Pack’s playoff run comes to an end

Published 12:42 am Saturday, November 17, 2012

Washington fans cheer on the Pam Pack during its loss to Havelock in the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs at Havelock High School. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

HAVELOCK — The tears streamed down off their frozen cheeks as the game as the game clock wound down to zero signaling the end of the Pam Pack’s 57-7 loss to Havelock as well as its season.
Though its only natural to be disappointed after a loss, the Pam Pack football team can take solace in the fact that it reached heights not seen at Washington in over 50 years.
The Pam Pack streaked into the third round of the playoffs with highlight reels plays and a bone-jarring defense, but on Friday night its playoff run got stonewalled by a defending state champion Rams team that looked like destined to repeat.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” Washington coach Sport Sawyer said. “We were 4-3 at one point in the season and ended the year with 10 wins. The guys have done very, very good. We were just hoping tonight would have went a little different. I’m proud of what the guys accomplished. They should not hold their heads down.”
Havelock quarterback Pharoh Cooper, who committed to South Carolina earlier in the year, threw for 214 yards, while running back Derrell Scott ran for four touchdowns to down Washington.
“They have a lot of speed on the field and we weren’t able to match up at times,” Sawyer said. “They were just a step or two faster than us tonight.”
The Pam Pack, minus its own star quarterback Jimmy Williams, struggled to move the ball on a cold and breezy night and reached the end zone once in the third quarter when backup QB Patrick Thompson scored on a one-yard plunge.
Havelock jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter as Taylor Woods scored from seven yards out before Scott scampered in from two yards away to score his first TD of the evening.
Washington could not find its rhythm on offense and continually punted to the Rams, who added two more TDs in the second quarter to go into halftime up 28-0.
With Williams on the sideline, the Rams loaded up against the run. However, the Pam Pack was able pick up some momentum in the third when Thompson engineered a 51-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 30-yard pass to Stevie Green. That play, along with a Havelock penalty, put Washington at the 1-yard line where Thompson plowed his way across the goal line.
The momentum was short lived as the Pam Pack threw an interception on its next possession and fumbled on the possession after that. Both turnovers led to Rams scores and put the Pack down 50-7 heading into the final stanza.
Despite the sour ending, Sawyer said he hopes his team enjoyed its historic playoff run.
“It’s been an emotional ride,” Sawyer said. “We played a West Craven team that we lost to earlier in the season and beat them in the first round and then last week to get past the second round was awesome. Our guys have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Washington    0    0    7    0    —    0
Havelock    14    14    22    7    —    57

Scoring summary
H — Taylor Woods 7 run (Dylan Baker kick), 9:16. 1st.
H  — Derrell Scott 2 run (Baker kick) 2:13, 1st.
H — Scott 24 run (Baker kick) 7:00 2nd.
H  — London Duvall 19 run (Baker kick), 6:19, 2nd.
H — Taylor 36 run (two points), 9:39, 3rd.
W — Patrick Thompson 1 run (Will Cutler kick), 4:52, 3rd.
H  —  Scott 38 run (Baker kick), 2:38 3rd.
H — Scott run (Baker kick), 23, 3rd.
H — Woods 15 run (Baker kick), 10:44, 4th.

Stats (Courtesy of the New Bern Sun Journal)
First Downs: Havelock 14; Washington 7
Rushes-Yards: Havelock 29-243; Washington 29-15
Passing Yards: Havelock 218;Washington 36
Comp-Att-Int: Havelock 14-26-0 ;Washington 7-18-2
Penalties-Yards: Havelock 10-88;Washington 3-25
Fumbles-Lost: Havelock 0-0; Washington 2-1
Punts-Avg.: Havelock 3-27.3;Washington 6-24.0

Individual Stats (Courtesy of the New Bern Sun Journal)

Washington: Passing: Thompson 6-15-1 52 yards, Hart 1-3-1  10 yards
Rushing: Green 7-(-3), Spencer 8-12, Thompson 7-(-12), Hart 6-17, Columbus 1-1
Receiving: Moore 3-16, Maultsby 2-7, Bell 2-13

Havelock:    Passing: Pharoh Cooper 13-24-0 214 yards, Travis Sabdo 1-2-0 4 yards
Rushing: Derrell Scott 13-138 4 TD, Taylor Woods 7-72 3 TD, Cooper 4-4, London Duvall 2-16 TD, Donte Stackhouse 3-15.
Receiving: Michael Bowman 4-88, Aron Rossi 4-54, Duvall 3-44, Woods 1-(-3), C.J. Lindsey 2-35