Rams get early start on 2013 season

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM.

As the sun peeked from behind the clouds, the Havelock Rams were already drenched in their own sweat.

The Rams have been participating in a before-school conditioning program that the team has dubbed "Black Reign," which has started at 6 a.m. each morning.

The program consists of one lap around the track and stretches to warm up. Then the players split into four equal groups to go through the drills.

Assistant coaches Mitch Williams and Bob Sabdo run medicine ball drills, Shane Williams and Kenny Frazier run ground drills, Defensive Coordinator Caleb King runs cone drills, and Pat Whitford and Nick McIntosh do bag drills.

About 60 players have shown up each day for the program.

"It’s been great to see these kids’ commitment to this conditioning program," Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. "We have had one varsity kid and one JV kid miss one day apiece and that is it.

"We got the idea from North Carolina at a clinic, because they do something similar and call it "Blue Dawn," so we decided to see if the kids were up for it and called it "Black Reign.’"

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