Rams celebrate state title with ring ceremony


Havelock senior quarterback and safety Pharoh Cooper speaks during the Night of Champions Ring Ceremony as teammates Derrell Scott, left, and Kendal Vickers watch on Wednesday at Havelock High School. The event celebrated Havelock's 2012 state championship season, with each player and coach receiving state title rings.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM.

Havelock High football coach Jim Bob Bryant had a problem, one of the few he’s had guiding the Rams to back-to-back state championships.

He planned to show a highlight video of the 2012 season during Havelock’s Night of Champions Ring Ceremony Wednesday night at the school.

“When you score close to 50 points a game and you give up eight points a game, there’s a lot of highlights,” he told the crowd gathered for Wednesday’s ceremony.

Instead, he condensed a 35-minute video package down to about 10, with those attending reacting with oohs to the big defensive hits and wows for each dazzling touchdown run. The final highlights were of Havelock’s 55-21 victory over Concord on Dec. 1 as the Rams captured the 3A state championship at Wake Forest’s BB&T Stadium in Winston-Salem.

“I look back at it a lot, probably every day,” senior lineman Kendal Vickers said of the 15-1 title season. “It’s been fun playing with all these guys. When you look back at it, it feels good. I kind of want one more time to play with all of them again.”

During the ceremony, Havelock varsity players received their championship rings, which were paid for through donations from the public and the sale of state championship shirts and sweatshirts. For some of the players, it was their second ring after the 2011 football team went 16-0 and beat West Rowan 38-6 for the state 3A title.

“These guys the last two years did something that’s tough to do in the state,” Bryant said. “Not only is it tough to win a state championship, but it’s very tough to go back-to-back and win two.”

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