The Havelock High football team received a big sendoff on Friday morning as it left the school to head to Saturday’s state championship game.
The school held a pep rally for the departing players and coaches that included pep music from the Havelock High band, cheers and dancing from the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, and plenty of yelling and shouting from students.
After student council leaders got the student body excited, the team entered the gymnasium to loud cheers.
Havelock High football coach Jim Bob Bryant then addressed the students and led them in the team’s slogan.
After the 30-minute pep rally, the students formed corridors and the football players and coaches walked through, accepting pats, handshakes and hugs from students as they made their way to awaiting buses.
The buses left about 30 minutes ahead of schedule, as Bryant said the team was scheduled to have a walk-through practice at Duke University as preparations for Saturday’s matchup against the Concord Spiders continued.
Students at Havelock Middle School lined the fences and cheered as the buses passed.
Havelock (14-1), the defending 3A state champions, takes on Concord (13-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
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