Havelock going for a third straight state championship

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM.

"The defense is looking good right now," Bryant said. "We’ve got to get to the football, and everybody has to do their jobs. They can’t play outside the system. They have to play within the system. Everybody has to take care of their personal responsibilities. That will allow everyone to make plays."

Havelock returns its two place-kickers from a year ago in Dylan Baker (5-9, 150) and Noah Kemble (6-0, 185), and Bryant said new punter Dejohn McCullough has been impressive in practice. Woods and Scott will be featured in the kick return game.

The Rams have 48 players on the roster, and Bryant is working to eliminate two-way starters to keep his players fresh.

"We’re really working on building some depth on both offense and defense," Bryant said.

State-mandated realignment juggled Havelock’s schedule for 2013, with non-conference games against Washington, New Bern, Jones Senior, Kinston and Northside. The new Coastal 3A Conference is without D.H. Conley, South Central and Washington, and picks up Swansboro and Richlands.

"I think Jacksonville is going to be really, really good, and I think West Craven will be much improved," said Bryant, whose teams have won four straight league titles. "We don’t know a whole lot about Swansboro and Richlands."

Bryant said the goals for 2013 are no different than his previous five seasons at Havelock — to win the conference title and to win the state championship. He said those would never change.

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