It's another trip to the state finals for the Rams

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM.

"We tried to run right and we ran into a kid going to South Carolina (Kendal Vickers), tried to run left and there’s a kid going to East Carolina (Malcom Ashley). I mean what are you going to do?" he said.

Along with experienced players, the Rams also have a valuable corps of coaches, led by head coach Jim Bob Bryant. This is the fifth year the staff has been together, and they know what is needed to put their players in the right positions to make plays.

It’s a coordinated effort in practices and on the sidelines during games among the coaches, with each having a clearly defined role. They’ve earned the respect of the players, and because of that, the players give their all to the coaches and to the team.

But then there’s that pessimistic side of me, and it starts with Concord being a really good team. The Spiders are 13-2. You don’t get to 13-2 by being a bad team.

Concord is explosive offensively. The Spiders average 38 points per game, and in eight of their 15 games, scored 42 or more points, including a high of 62.

And Concord is certainly talented. B.J. Beecher is one of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl quarterbacks and had a game earlier this year in which he threw for 451 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns.

This by no means will be an easy game, as so many others this season have seemed.

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