HAVELOCK - Like many coaches, Havelock football coach Caleb King doesn't like practicing in the gym.  

But with rainfall coming nearly every day for the past week in Craven County, the conditions of the Rams' practice field forced them inside Monday for the first official day of practice.

Nevertheless, the helmets were on and the plays were ran.

"Yeah everybody's in the same boat, we're all dealing with the weather," King said. "Everybody wants to get into hitting but you have to wait the mandated time and just the rain we've had the last week, unbelievable."

Havelock is back loaded with talent as it often is.

Just on offense, King said he feels like he has close to 10 guys he can get the ball to and feels absolutely confident in doing so.

"I mean Anthony Harris at quarterback is doing a tremendous job and then you got Welton Spottsville, Cam Hutchinson, Terrance Raynor, Jason Wilson, Dru Dotter, Shakur Frazier, Kamron Hoover, Kamarro Edmonds, those types of guys will get you really excited as a coach," King said.

The Rams once again take on cross-county rival West Craven to open the season Aug. 17, this year on the road in Vanceboro.

King said they've already begun preparing for the Eagles.

"We've been getting ready for them for a little while, they'll have good players and a really good team," King said. "Of course, like we always do, we'll ramp up that preparation come game week."

The Rams are already motivated off the way last season ended with the state title loss.

Still, while many players are back, the season and team are completely anew.

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com