Four Craven County football players will be representing the area in Wednesday's East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro.
The game gives the recent graduates one more shot to compete at the high school level.
Havelock wide receiver Quinzel Lockhart (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and linebacker Kendall Frazier (5-10, 190) will play representing the Rams while West Craven defensive end Shaundre Mims (6-1) and defensive back Sage Lilly (6-1) play as Eagles one final time.
Lockhart is set to continue his football career at Navy while Frazier is headed to North Carolina A&T.
Mims is off to Charleston Southern to play for the Buccaneers and Lilly will attend Coker College on a track and field scholarship.
Current Havelock head coach Caleb King is on the staff for the East under head coach Richard Bailey of Scotland County.
"It's just another exciting football experience for me," Mims said.
"It's fun to play with other guys that I haven't before and I'm going to go into the game humble but also do all of the things I did at West Craven in order to win."
The Craven County guys said their East team isn't treating the game like an exhibition.
"We aren't taught to lose around here," Lockhart said.
"Sure, we're up here having a good time like any all-star game but we want to show out for our city and county and ultimately we want to win."
With this being an extension of sorts of their high school careers, the guys are making sure to get the most of the experience.
Lilly spoke on the West Craven-Havelock rivalry during the regular season being turned into chemistry for this game.
"You would think it would be hard for us to have good chemistry but it wasn't at all," Lilly said.
"We all come from the same environment and we all want the same things so we were clicking right away."
The soft-spoken Frazier was to the point about his focus going into the game.
"Winning is what my mentality coming into the game is all about," Frazier said.
All echoed each other saying they felt a lot of honor to be chosen for the game.
They also said they plan to play their hardest and best, despite it being a between seasons all-star game, something King feels as well.
"We practice up here hard every day and stay up late working on practice plans so we definitely are taking it seriously," King said.
"It's a lot of fun and a great experience but come Wednesday night, we are still playing a football game."
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