Rams go back to back

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Havelock players celebrate their second consecutive state championship on Saturday night in Winston-Salem.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 07:01 PM.

The Havelock Rams did it again.

Havelock repeated as state 3A champions, using 35 second-half points to erase a halftime deficit in defeating Concord 55-21 Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

“These guys, these seniors have done it day-in and day-out for three years,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “They took our lumps early in their careers, but they all have grown up together, and this is the result.”

In the first half, the Rams seemed to be going through the motions by leaving Concord gunslinger B.J. Beecher passing lanes to hurt them.

The Rams trailed 21-20 at halftime, only the second game of the season, in addition to the New Bern game, in which Havelock trailed at any point.

“We just played through it all,” Bryant said. “It was a lot like that game (New Bern), and that second quarter went by really fast, but we were able to make adjustments in the second half and played much better.”

Those adjustments included bringing in six defensive backs to help contain Beecher and the Concord passing game along with a move toward a more outside running game with Derrell Scott.

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