Havelock looks to finish regular season at 10-1

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Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant instructs quarterback Pharoh Cooper on the sidelines in a game earlier this year. Bryant will get his 100th career coaching victory if the Rams beat West Craven tonight.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM.

On the Havelock sideline, Jim Bob Bryant is going for a milestone victory Friday, which would be win No. 100 in his coaching career.

“It’s special for me to be able to do this at Havelock, a place that I really enjoy coaching and with the kids that I have right now,” Bryant said.

Bryant also alluded to the fact that the Havelock-West Craven game is always hotly contested and is one of those rivalry games where records – Havelock is 9-1 and West Craven is 6-4 - can be thrown out of the window.

“We’re treating it like a first-round playoff game, because win or lose, we know we have already won the conference, but we want to end our regular season on a high note,” Bryant said. “Both schools are always well supported by fans and both have great tradition, and have played for a state championship in the last few years.

“They (West Craven) have some athletes and are well-coached, so we are going to have to play well.”

For the Eagles, their season has had many peaks and valleys along a bumpy ride, while the Rams have spent most of their year at the summit.

Havelock has the experience, Division-I players, speed and size, whereas the Eagles are young and undersized, but have the heart and grit to compete.

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