Havelock High celebrates state football championship

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Havelock's Pharoh Cooper enjoys a moment during the state football championship celebration on Friday at Havelock High.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders may have summed it up best.

“What a great day to be a Ram,” he told a crowd of students, staff, dignitaries and residents at a state championship football celebration Friday at Havelock High School.

Sanders, as well as Havelock commissioners George Liner and Will Lewis, were on hand to read a city proclamation honoring the team as well as present players and coaches pendants for winning the state 3A championship on Dec. 1.

“I feel confident we’ll be back here next year,” Sanders told the crowd.

Coaches presented players with conference, eastern regional and state championship medals and also handed out special year-end awards, including most improved as well as most valuable offensive player and most valuable defensive player. The overall player of the year award went to quarterback and safety Pharoh Cooper.

Havelock High football coach Jim Bob Bryant also received an award for being named Coastal 3A Conference coach of the year.

“This should really be coaches of the year because of all the work of my assistant coaches,” Bryant told the crowd. “The head coach is only as good as his assistant coaches and his players, and I believe I’ve got the best assistant coaches in the state, and we know we have the best players in the state.”

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