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

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

"I remember there were a bunch of athletes for both teams," Hardy said.

The contest was tight throughout, with Havelock holding a 21-19 lead at halftime thanks in part to a bad snap on an extra point and a failed two-point try by West Craven.

The Rams seemingly took control late, with Webster scoring on a 25-yard run with 1:31 left in the game, lifting Havelock to a 42-33 lead.

Hardy counterpunched. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Murphy with 17 seconds left, and the Eagles recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The packed stands on both sides of Havelock High’s stadium stood in unison as Hardy made one last heave toward the end zone. Webster jumped higher than the rest and came down with the ball, clinching the victory and the first outright league title for Havelock’s then second-year coach Jim Bob Bryant.

"It was just score after score after score," Webster said of the game. "One team would score and the other would answer. It was back and forth. It was like shooting bullets at each other and waiting for the other to die. That’s how it was the whole time."

Beyond the closeness of the contest, the game showcased the talents of Webster and Hardy on the field.

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