Havelock to travel to New Bern on Friday

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM.

When New Bern walked off a wet field last season with a 34-33 victory over Havelock, it may have well set the stage for what was to come for both teams — a pair of state championships.

Now, the two teams are scheduled to renew their Craven County rivalry at 7:30 p.m. Friday in New Bern.

“It’s a rivalry game with two defending state champions going at it,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “It’s going to be a fun game to coach in and a fun game to play in. It’s going to be a fun game for the fans.”

New Bern won last year’s 4A state championship with a 16-0 record, while Havelock won the 3A state championship at 15-1, the lone loss being that one-point setback to the Bears.

“There’s three schools in our county and two of them were state champions last year,” Bryant said. “That speaks to the level of football played in Craven County.”

And Bryant expects a high level of football Friday from the Bears, who are coming off a 27-24 overtime loss to Durham Hillside in last week’s opener.

“They’re good as usual,” Bryant said of New Bern. “They’re well-coached, have a lot of athletes and have good size. They’re not one of the best teams in the state because they don’t have players. They’ve got some real good players and some real good coaches.”

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