What a game and what a team

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

Just seconds after the clock hit zero, Havelock High running back Derrell Scott dropped to one knee. He covered his face with his hands. Tears flowed.

Teammate Matthew Boykin played the role of Jim Valvano. He was looking for somebody, anybody, to hug as tears rolled down his cheeks.

About 25 yards down the field stood Concord’s Keenan Black, his head lowered. No words could ease his obvious pain.

When the winners and losers are both in tears after the game, it must have been a great one.

Indeed, Havelock’s 21-13 victory over the Spiders in Saturday’s state 3A championship game in Raleigh had all the drama and excitement that the Rams’ previous 15 games lacked.

After all, Havelock had run through its previous opponents with ease, sometimes barely working up a sweat. But Concord would be different.

The Spiders had revenge on their minds. After all, they lost last season’s state title game to the Rams and didn’t want to lose again. They also had a much better team than the previous year, coming into the title tilt with an unblemished 15-0 record.

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