Rams capture third straight state championship

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Havelock players celebrate with the state championship trophy and banner after beating Concord 21-13 in the state 3A championship game Saturday in Raleigh.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

RALEIGH – One foot – that was the difference between dynasty and disappointment Saturday for the Havelock Rams in a 21-13 victory over Concord in the state 3A championship game Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Havelock’s Jordan Cuthbertson, Trey Owens and Akeno Godette stopped Concord quarterback Keenan Black just short of the goal line on the game’s final play, preserving a third consecutive state 3A championship for the Rams.

The play came after Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant gambled on fourth-and-1 from his own 39-yard line with three minutes left. Quarterback Travis Sabdo’s sneak failed, and Concord drove to the Havelock 5-yard line with 15 seconds left.

Without any time-outs, Concord called a pass play, but Black couldn’t find an open receiver and tried to scramble into the end zone but came up short. The Spiders couldn’t get another play off before the clock ran out.

“It was a great team win over a great football team in Concord,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “Hindsight is always 20/20 but if I had it to do over again, I’d punt the thing. Luckily we have a great defense behind us and they kept Concord out of the end zone. We did everything we needed to do to win and it was a total team effort.”

After falling behind 10-0 to start the game, the Rams reeled off 21 straight points on three touchdown runs from senior star Derrell Scott.

Scott’s 51-yard score came about a minute after Rocky Reid’s 55-yard touchdown for Concord in what proved to be a running back duel throughout the game. Reid finished with 218 yards rushing on 41 carries.

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