A Havelock football team that aims for a state championship trophy every December certainly doesn’t mind getting some hardware in June.
And that’s what the Rams got Saturday by going 7-0 en route to winning the Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament at East Carolina University.
“Any time you have a chance to win a trophy, you want to be the one who wins it,” coach Caleb King said. “We definitely wanted to win it, but this was also a tool we used to get ready for the real games on Aug. 17.”
The Rams kick off official practice July 30 and open the regular season Aug. 17 at West Craven. Before that, Havelock will play in the Powerade 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament from July 12 to 14 in Charlotte.
King said he feels good about where the Rams are at this summer. He added the team will continue its summer program of weight lifting and conditioning better-prepare itself for the fall.
“But like everybody, we are still looking for answers,” King said.
The coach certainly liked what he saw in Greenville. Havelock won the tournament title with a victory over Woodbridge of Lake Ridge, Va.
“It was a great way for us to build team chemistry and get our offensive and defensive schematics,” King said. “We were excited for the guys getting a chance to run around and compete against different colored jerseys. That always gets the juices following.”
King highlighted the efforts of his defensive backs and linebackers in particular for their solid play.
“They did a great job covering,” he said. “Coach Matt Handley and coach Kenny Frazier did a good job coaching them.”
Then there were the Rams’ NCAA Division I recruits: Anthony Harris, who recently committed to Tennessee, and Welton Spottsville, who recently committed to North Carolina.
This duo helped the Rams go 14-2 and advance to the NCHSAA 3A final in King’s first season at the helm.
“On the offensive side, Anthony and the receiving corps played well,” King said. “And Welton also played well.”