Now friends and teammates, quarterbacks were on opposing sides in 42-40 thriller

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Former Havelock High quarterback Danny Webster Jr. gets set to throw a pass against West Craven in 2009. Webster accounted for six touchdowns and also intercepted Justin Hardy's pass on the last play of the game as the Rams beat the Eagles 42-40. Webster and Hardy are now teammates at East Carolina.

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Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 09:52 AM.

Danny Webster Jr. and Justin Hardy wear the same purple uniform for the East Carolina Pirates. They joke and laugh as if they were two old friends.

But there was a time when they lined up on opposite sides of the football field, squaring off in a Craven County football rivalry that often decides conference championships and playoff seeding.

And they participated in arguably one of that rivalry’s best games, when Webster’s Havelock Rams defeated Hardy’s West Craven Eagles 42-40 in 2009.

After a recent practice at ECU, the two high school quarterbacks said they didn’t necessarily remember specifics of that 2009 contest, but both remembered the last play, Webster’s interception of Hardy’s pass in the end zone.

"It came down to the wire, a last play Hail Mary," Hardy said, "And Danny picked it off."

As in many games through the years in the rivalry, the game played Nov. 6, 2009, determined the Coastal 3A Conference championship. The Rams and Eagles entered the game with identical 9-1 overall records and perfect 6-0 league marks.

And the contest lived up to its billing as a showdown between two of the top teams in the region.



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