Rams overcome halftime deficit to beat West Craven

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Havelock's Matthew Boykin runs with the ball against West Craven on Friday at West Craven. The Rams won the game 21-7 to win their fifth straight conference championship.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM.

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VANCEBORO – The West Craven Eagles fought valiantly at home Friday on Senior Night, holding the Havelock Rams under 25 points for the first time since Aug. 19, 2011 (a 24-14 win over J.H. Rose).

However, with the Coastal Conference championship and a 24-game winning streak on the line, the Rams would not falter, prevailing with a 21-7 victory and a fifth-straight Coastal Conference crown.

“Credit West Craven, their kids played well,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “They got the better of us in that first half, but we came out and made adjustments and won the second half.

“It was an outstanding football game and in a good league like ours. We’re happy to win it. We still haven’t peaked though and still have a lot of work to do.”

The Eagles led 7-6 at halftime. After forcing West Craven to punt on its first possession of the second half, the Rams drove down the field in a drive that was capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass from Travis Sabdo to Micheal Bowman for a 13-7 lead.

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