Derrell Scott ran for 91 yards; Taylor Woods ran for a touchdown; Julian Cuthbertson recovered two fumbles; B.J. Boyd snagged an interception.
The Havelock Ram seniors went out with a bang in their home finale. The 11 seniors accomplished a feat that most high school football players only dream about.
With their 44-20 victory over Eastern Wayne on Friday, the Rams will play for their third-straight 3A state championship.
The Rams (15-0) will play Concord, in a rematch of last year’s state finals, at 11 a.m. next Saturday in Raleigh. Havelock beat Concord (15-0) 55-21 in the finals last season in Winston-Salem.
Havelock has an opportunity to become the 12th prep football team, since the state championship game was initiated in 1972, to claim at least three-consecutive titles.
This group of seniors turned the Rams into a powerhouse.
They are 46-1 over the past three seasons with a pair of state championships. For those seniors who have played all four varsity seasons, the Rams’ record is 57-5 in four years.
“That should be what it’s like every year for Havelock, wanting to hold that trophy,” Havelock senior linebacker Andrew Ramirez said. “It’s a blessing. I wouldn’t want to be on any other team. I thank God, the coaches and my teammates. I’m at a loss for words.”
The seniors were just sophomores when they won their first state title – a 38-6 win over West Rowan in 2011. The next year, they were more seasoned as juniors, helping the Rams to their second title.
They have certainly set a standard, not only at Havelock, but across the state.
“You could say we set a really high standard,” Scott said. “The other kids have big shoes to fill, but that’s how it needs to be at Havelock.
“Havelock is a football town and Havelock is always going to have high expectations in football.”
Bryant said he expects his seniors to lead, and for four years, they haven’t let him down. They’ve advanced to the state semifinals every year.
As a program, Havelock has reached the 3A Eastern Finals five years in a row.
“We tell our seniors that our Senior Night is the Eastern Finals, and that’s been true for the last five years,” Bryant said.
“I’m happy for our seniors. They have been in our program for four years, and they don’t know what it means to not play in the Eastern Finals.”
The seniors are Scott, Woods, Julian Cuthbertson, Jordan Cuthbertson, Ramirez, Noah Kemble, Maurice Harris, Boyd, Colwyn Kinder, Nick Clifford and Michael Howard.
Adam Thompson is a reporter for the Sun Journal.