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The music blared inside Hayes Gymnasium at Havelock High School Friday morning: “It’s always a good time.”
Indeed it was.
Students and staff sent off the Havelock football team to its third straight state championship game with a pep rally early Friday morning.
With chants from the cheerleaders, pep tunes from the marching band, and student council president Matt Gray asking for more noise, students dance, cheered and yelled. Gray led the students in a chant of “threepeat,” as the Rams bid for a third consecutive state 3A title.
Havelock football players entered the gym through its H tunnel to screams of students, and head coach Jim Bob Bryant took the microphone just briefly, asking the students to repeat the words of the team’s traditional pre-game prayer.
He was quick to get the team out the door, as the Havelock High seniors formed a path to two charter buses parked in the front of the school. The players were all smiles as they passed through, slapping hands with fellow students
Loaded onto to buses, the players got one final salute from the cheerleaders at the high school and other students at Havelock Middle School and Havelock Elementary, who came out from their schools to wish the team luck.
The Rams are scheduled for a walkthrough practice this afternoon in Raleigh before hitting the Carter-Finley Stadium field at 11 a.m. Saturday to face Concord in the 3A state championship game.