14-1 Havelock to face 13-2 Spiders for 3A championship

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:32 PM.

Havelock’s offense averages 47.5 points per game. Quarterback Pharoh Cooper has 2,798 yards and 23 touchdowns passing on the year, but has also added 1,174 yards and another 14 touchdowns on the ground.

Running back Derrell Scott has a team-best 1,616 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on the year.

Concord gives up 20.7 points per game

"They’re big and physical," Bryant said of the Spiders defense. "They’ve got two of the best linebackers we’ve seen and probably the best defensive line we’ve seen this year. They’re athletic, so it’s going to be a challenge for us."

One aspect of the game is that it will be played on artificial turf at the Wake Forest University football stadium. The Rams plan to practice on artificial turf today at East Carolina and on Friday at Duke as the team makes its way to Winston-Salem.

"I think it will be a fast surface," Bryant said. "I think it will benefit both teams because they’re a very athletic team as well. We’ll see."

Havelock’s advantage may be in experience. After all, many of the Rams were part of last year’s state championship game, a 38-6 victory over West Rowan. Concord last won the state title in 2006.

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