Editorial: Congratulations to our Rams

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:51 PM.

There was genuine concern on the sidelines and in the stands Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

The Havelock Rams trailed the Concord Spiders 21-20 at halftime of the state 3A championship, and the players and fans simply weren’t used to it.

Why should they be? Havelock won its games this season by an average of five touchdowns. Havelock had dominated the competition, except for one rainy Friday in August when a Ram rally against New Bern fell short by a single point, 34-33.

New Bern finished the season undefeated, scoring a touchdown in the final 26 seconds to win the 4A state title the night before Havelock faced Concord.

New Bern had its championship, and in the rivalry that is New Bern-Havelock, the Rams wanted to make sure they got theirs, the title that would give them back-to-back state crowns.

In the locker room at halftime, Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant gave his team a simple message.

"I told them they had 24 minutes left to play. They were either going to be the first-place team in the state or the first-place loser, and that it was up to them," Bryant said. "They came out and played hard in the second half."

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