Rams hold a draft of their own

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Havelock’s Travis Sabdo, left, greets fourth-round ‘draft pick’ Dante Stackhouse as coach Jim Bob Bryant looks on during the Rams For Life draft last week at Havelock High. The Rams held the fake draft to pick teams for spring and summer workouts. Bryant said he normally splits the players up for workouts but this year decided to hold the draft to reward the players for their hard work.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 05:48 PM.

It just may have been the surprise of the draft — not the NFL draft, but the Havelock Rams For Life draft.

Each year, Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant splits his team for spring and summer workouts, with the focus on weight room workouts, attendance, improvement and effort. However, this year he decided to let his four team captains — Travis Sabdo, Micheal Bowman, Anthony Fisher and Martez Morris — hold a draft to select their own players, a draft that included announcements of the selected players, highlight videos, press conference interviews and photographs of the “team owner” with the player and team jersey.

Sabdo, the starting quarterback with the first overall pick, passed on all-star linebacker Keion Joyner and touchdown-scorer Matt Boykin and went instead with rising junior linebacker Trey Owens.

 “Trey’s a strong kid and a fast kid,” Sabdo said, explaining the selection of the player who made the game-saving tackle in last year’s state championship game. “I was going into the draft thinking if I could draft a little bit of speed and a little bit of strength, if I could get those two qualities and get some kids to work hard, we would be pretty competitive this spring and summer.”

The four captains had a lot of incentive to draft a hard-working team. The coaches award teams points based on their workouts, and the team with the most points at the end of the summer receives a pizza party, special T-shirt and a couple of days off from conditioning during the year.

“That’s the goal in the spring and in the summer is to work hard and get better,” Sabdo said. “We compete hard against one another, so when we go out on Friday night, we can compete hard against somebody else.”

Sabdo was able to draft Joyner in the second round.



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