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Havelock High didn’t just celebrate a state championship on Friday morning. It celebrated a community.
Ram football players received their state championship medals during a ceremony Friday at the school, and the players, cheerleaders and band members received a free lunch provided by city, school and county officials.
Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said it’s those kinds of actions that lead to success.
“It takes community support,” Bryant said of winning a state championship. “It takes great assistant coaches, and of course great players, and we have a lot of those.”
The school’s cheerleaders and band welcomed the players into the school gymnasium, and the team received proclamations from Havelock and Craven County on winning its third consecutive state 3A championship.
Bryant opened his remarks with words of thanks – from the cheerleaders, band and school’s sports medicine department to team mothers, meal sponsors and so many others in the community.
“Havelock is a great football town, and Craven County is a great football county,” he said.
A number of the players also received individual honors, including all-conference selections. The coaches passed out their team awards, including the selection of Taylor Woods as overall team most valuable player, Andrew Ramirez as defensive MVP and Derrell Scott as offensive MVP.
Then, it was the community’s turn to honor the Rams.
Lane Mills, superintendent of Craven County Schools, kept his speech short.
“Just like last year, the only remarks I need to make is ‘go Rams,’” he said, forming his hands to make the H symbol that the players form before each game when taking the field.
Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said the Rams showed tenacity and will needed to come back from a 10-0 deficit in their 21-13 victory over Concord last weekend to win the state championship.
“You have done big things for the city of Havelock, for three consecutive years,” Lewis told the team. “We will be very grateful and very appreciative when you bring back that fourth state championship next year.”
And Bryant told the gathering of dignitaries, students and fans that a fourth state title was the plan.
“For you underclassmen, you better get used to this because we plan on being back here again next year,” he said. “We’re going for No. 4.”