Experienced Rams to host Eastern Wayne in regional title game

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 03:25 PM.

After 14 games, the Havelock Rams are right where they expected to be — playing for the eastern regional championship.

Havelock is scheduled to host Eastern Wayne at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the winner earning a trip to the state championship game Dec. 14 in Raleigh.

The Rams will be playing in their fifth straight regional championship game, having won the last two on the way to back-to-back state titles.

“We’ve been lucky enough to play in this game now five years in a row,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “We kind of know what to expect. Having the game at home is a big plus as well.”

Bryant said he didn’t think nerves would be an issue with his top-seeded Rams (14-0).

“I think the coaches get a little bit more nervous than the players,” Bryant said. “It’s old hat for our guys. They expect to be here every year.”

Eastern Wayne’s appearance in the regional title game may be considered unexpected. The Warriors were just 4-7 last season but have gone 11-2 this year, with their only losses to 4A schools New Bern (34-12) and Greenville Rose (27-12).

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