Senior power cleans 270 pounds

HAVELOCK – With all of the athletes Havelock High School’s football program has produced over the years, at times, the offensive line can go unnoticed or taken for granted.

However, head coach Caleb King knows that his NCAA-Division I talent can only make plays if the big fellas up front allow it.

The Rams return three players on the offensive line that started or played a lot of minutes a year ago.

One who did not, is Malicha Bibb.

The senior, who power cleans 270 pounds and carries a 4.0 grade point average, has worked hard and stepped up his game to get to this point, King said.

Bibb is excited for his senior season to begin.

“It’s state championship or nothing for us,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been preparing for this since my freshmen year, to be a starter, I’ve stayed ready in the past in case anyone went down hurt but I’m definitely ready.”

Bibb said what he loves about playing on the line is the same thing he loves about football in general – the competition.

“I love it,” he said with a smile. “I love competing and I’ve been playing together with these guys (other linemen) for a long time. We know each other, grew up together and all that so there’s a chemistry.”

Bibb will join returning starters Nate Willette, Nishad Strother and Jacob Price up front as well as Ryan Buchanan.

He also likes to play on the defensive line as well.

King always applauds his guys for their work in the weight room and it’s no different with Bibb.

“I’ve been really working on my squats and getting my legs right,” Bibb said. “We’ve had to put that work in now, through the hot summer and get our strength and speed where it should be.”

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